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Hip Pain: A Team Approach focused on Patient's Goals

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Nonsurgical treatment should always be considered first when treating hip pain. With some conditions, it is possible to resolve the pain with rest, modifying one’s behavior, and a physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory regimen. Such conservative treatments have been successful in reducing pain and swelling.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an integral component to the multi-faceted team approach of examining and treating hip pain. The importance of physical therapy atActify is to assist in gaining an understanding of the underlying causes of hip pain and then to collaborate with a team of physicians in order to design a comprehensive treatment approach.

Rehabilitation is useful in many ways. It may be used as a non-invasive approach to treatment, whereby surgery for the patient is not or no longer indicated.

The hip joint is a very deep joint surrounded by almost 30 muscles. Physical therapy aims to strengthen these muscles, increase flexibility, maintain range of motion of the joint, and decrease the associated inflammation. In the case of a labral tear, physical therapy will not heal the tear. With the appropriate muscular training and activity modification, however, the condition may become asymptomatic and therefore require no surgery.

If operative treatment is inevitable, a pre-operative physical therapy program will provide the ability to address nearly all underlying joint problems or muscle imbalance, which ultimately leads to a better outcome. Additionally, in the event of surgery, post-operative therapy is essential in educating the patient regarding daily activities and in providing an appropriate recovery course. Physical therapy is an integral component in the management of hip pain.

Modify Recreational and Daily Activity:

  • Avoid exercises involving repetitive hip flexion, the motion involving bringing your hip or leg up toward your chest.

  • If doing squats, keep them shallow and hold off on lunges entirely.

  • Do not work through pain.

  • When walking or running, pay attention to pain. If the discomfort accompanies running, then stop. If it occurs with walking, lessen your stride length by taking smaller steps.

  • To minimize pain while sitting, open the seat angle so that your knees are below your hips while maintaining good upright posture.

At Actify we can help you understand, and treat your hip pain as well as modify your activities so you can enjoy more of what you love without the burden of pain. Give us a call and schedule your free 30 minutes assessment to see how we can help you.

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