Hip arthritis treatment — why physical therapy?

Since it is so closely related to the natural aging process, arthritis of the hip is not a curable or reversible condition. This makes the primary goal of hip arthritis treatment managing symptoms and maintaining quality of life. With the main symptoms being aches, pains and stiffness, physical movement can become extremely difficult, but it’s important to stay active and mobile if you have been diagnosed with this condition. 

This is where physical therapy comes in as a hip arthritis treatment. Working with a physical therapist can help you improve function and range of motion in the hips while reducing pain and inflammation. To give you a deeper understanding of what to expect from physical therapy and what the potential benefits are, we’re sharing the following information. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Seeing a physical therapist for hip arthritis treatment

While arthritis is not curable due to the inability of our joints to regenerate cartilage, physical therapists are trained in a number of techniques that are designed to work against the effects of joint degeneration and inflammation. These include: 

  • Manual therapies, including joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Trigger point therapy, to break up painful bundles of tissue
  • Posture training, to more evenly distribute weight throughout the hips
  • Strength and stability exercises, to relieve pressure on the hip joints

Everyone is different, so finding the right course of treatment should be seen as a collaborative effort between patient and therapist. A great way to help is keeping a symptom and treatment journal that can yield important information to your therapist about your progress. 

Hip arthritis treatment at Back in Motion 

Our team of clinicians has more than seven decades of combined experience in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis of the hip. When you come to Back in Motion, you can expect one-on-one care, individualized treatment plans and a caring staff who will work to understand your needs so you can maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Contact us today to start your treatment journey. Our front desk coordinator will help you make your initial appointment at the clinic that is right for you.