Our hips are one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to regular strength training exercises, and considering the functions the area performs with every step we take, it should come as no surprise that hip issues are one of the most common problems that develop in older adults. Alongside the knee, a hip replacement surgery is the most common joint replacement operation performed in the US each year, but countless adults could avoid surgery if they had just pursued physical therapy earlier in the process. Below, we take a closer look at what types of hip conditions physical therapy can help treat, and the benefits the technique can provide.
Physical Therapy For Hip Pain
Hip pain can develop for a number of reasons, and because we call on the joint to help us move with every step we take, oftentimes this discomfort will not resolve on its own unless we actively treat the problem. Some of the most common hip problems that our therapy team works to treat include:
- Hip pain
- Gait dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Hip bursitis
- Femoroacetabular impingement
- Pregnancy-related hip problems
Aside from treating these conditions, we’ve also helped athletes who want to target their hips and improve the surrounding structures to help take their game to the next level. Targeted strengthening of the hips is an area that is often overlooked in high school and college athletics, so improving this area with the help of a physical therapist can give you an edge over the competition. So you don’t need to have hip pain to benefit from targeted physical therapy for your hips!
The Benefits Of PT For Your Hips
Through our targeted strength training exercises and careful progression through a therapy plan, we’re confident that we can help reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with your hip condition. Some of the benefits of a PT program for hip discomfort includes:
- Reduced Pain – We can help strengthen key muscle groups to take pressure and stress off the hip joint, which often leads to a reduction of pain and discomfort.
- Function Improvement – We can analyze your joint movements and gait function to determine which corrective therapies should be applied to improve function and help the joint move optimally.
- Increased Range of Motion – We’ll slowly work to improve flexibility in the joint and the surrounding soft tissues so movements that were once uncomfortable can now be performed with ease.
- Improve Strength and Balance – Our therapy team can help strengthen and stabilize the joint and nearby structures, which will also help to improve your overall balance.
- Limit Future Degeneration Or The Need For Surgery – We may not be able to turn back the clock and make your hip as healthy as it once was, but with physical therapy we can work to prevent continued degeneration and stop the condition from getting worse. We can make your hip condition manageable and help prevent the need for a surgery or replacement operation.
To learn more about the specifics of hip therapy, or to talk to a specialist about your hip pain, reach out to OrthoRehab Specialists today.