Three common treatments for arthritis in the hip

Three Common Treatments for Arthritis in the Hip

Arthritis in the hip occurs due to the breakdown of cartilage. We often don’t realize just how much we use our hips until they become stiff, a source of pain, and refuse to move easily. The reduced range of motion along with the pain can keep you from doing the things you love, but there is hope.  

Surgery

Hip surgery can include a total joint replacement, hip resurfacing, arthroscopy or osteotomy. The severity of the hip damage along with your age and activity level are taken into consideration before any of these hip surgeries are considered. Surgery should be the last result and may be the answer if medication and other treatments can no longer manage pain levels.

Medication

Medication is used to manage pain, slow bone loss and decrease inflammation. There are a variety of drugs ranging from over-the-counter to prescription meds to help treat arthritis in the hip. It is best to create a pain management treatment plan with a medical professional. 

Physical therapy 

Before embarking on hip surgery or relying on medication to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, physical therapy can help. A physical therapist will guide you through hip exercises that help maintain range of motion while also strengthening the muscles that support the hip. Stretching can help to relieve the pain and reduce the risk of other injuries. At Holland Physical Therapy, our specialists can help guide you through an individualized treatment plan that will target the arthritic pain and work to improve joint mobility while increasing joint stability.  

Physical therapy offers a range of methods to address your individual condition. A therapist will work with you to improve strength, mobility and joint usage through targeted exercises. These noninvasive treatments can be adapted as you go, adjusted by our specialists to bring you maximum benefits and pain relief. 

Before turning to invasive surgery or relying extensively on medication, contact us today for more information. Our therapists can get you started on a treatment plan to address your arthritic hip pain and help you get back to your normal daily routine.