Hip pain treatment without surgery

For patients who suffer from chronic hip pain, finding effective treatment is essential to maintaining their quality of life. Surgery is often the last resort to prove relief from hip pain. With the inherent risk of any surgery, many patients will seek to delay going that route for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are several effective hip pain treatments without surgery.

Stretching and yoga

Keeping the hips mobile and flexible is one of the best ways to keep hip pain in check. Yoga and other stretching exercises can improve your range of motion and keep your hips loose. There are several yoga routines that specifically work on opening the hips. Poses like the happy baby and the low lunge give the hips a deep stretch and improve blood flow to the area to treat hip pain.

Build strength

While stretching will improve your range of motion, building strength in the surrounding muscles will help provide your hips with support. The inner thighs, glutes, low back and outer thigh muscles are the targeted muscle groups to improve your hip pain. The bridge exercise is an excellent hip strengthener:

  • Begin by lying on your back with legs bent and feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart.
  • Next, press your feet into the floor to raise your rear end while tightening your abs.
  • Hold for five seconds, making sure to keep your back straight and your knees over your ankles.
  • Lower your buttocks and repeat for a set of 10.

For a greater challenge, keep a ball between your knees while doing this exercise. Consult with your doctor if exercise makes your hip pain symptoms worse.

Physical therapy

Many patients turn to physical therapy for post-operative rehab, but physical therapy is an effective hip pain treatment option without surgery. The physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan based on your goals and needs. Manual therapy can improve your range of motion. Massage therapy can help reduce inflammation, tension and pain. If you have chronic hip pain and are curious about your non-surgical treatment options, contact us today to set up your initial appointment.