Physical therapy can be effective treatment for most cases of hip pain without the need for expensive surgery or the side-effects of medications. PT can help you reduce pain and stiffness in your hip. In addition, physical therapy can help you improve your flexibility and strength.
Physical therapy for hip pain
Physical therapy can be an effective way to manage your hip pain. Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of your hip and will create an individualized treatment plan, focusing on your needs and goals.
Physical therapy treatment options for hip pain may include:
- Ice and heat Application
Applying ice can help minimize pain and swelling in your hip joint. Your therapist will wrap the ice pack in a towel and apply it on your hip for 20 minutes. This is done when swelling in your joint is still present.
Hot packs are usually applied when swelling has subsided. Hot pack application can help relax and soften tissues. In addition, it can stimulate blood flow to your joint, allowing faster healing.
Joint stiffness may result from not moving your joint for a long time. This can limit your ability to move your hip joint at its full range. Stretching the surrounding hip structures can help improve your flexibility and range of motion. Your therapist can perform stretching of your joint or he would teach you self-stretching techniques that you can perform at home.
Your physical therapist will teach you exercises to help increase your hip muscle strength and promote general fitness. Your therapist will guide you on how to properly do the exercises to avoid re-injury. Your physical therapist may advise you to continue doing the exercises at home.
- Therapeutic Modalities
Therapeutic modalities, such as ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) may be used by your physical therapist. Ultrasound is a treatment modality that uses high frequency sound waves that can penetrate deeper tissues. This is a heating equipment that can help relax tight muscles in your hip joint and promote increased blood flow to your joint.
- Patient Education
One of the most important aspect of physical therapy is providing information about your specific condition. In addition, your therapist will give you tips on how to maintain your general fitness and prevent future hip injury.
Along with providing you more information, your physical therapist will be educating your family as well. Through this, your family will be able to help you performing tasks and motivating you to perform your exercises to keep you moving and be as independent as you can be.
While physical therapy can help with most cases of hip pain, others may require treatment from a medical practitioner. You should ask your health care provider if physical therapy is right for you.
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