Treating Arthritis of the Hip

arthritis of the hip

If you have arthritis of the hip, you are aware of how helpless it can make you feel. The pain and swelling in the joints make you not want to move, but stiffness can make the symptoms worse. Patients who have arthritis of the hip sometimes have trouble walking and standing. The pain of the arthritis can be felt in the thighs, buttocks and knees, which can lead the patient to think those areas are the cause of the injury.

Arthritis of the hip happens when the cartilage that acts as padding between the bones breaks down. While the causes of arthritis of the hip are not currently known, some factors that may contribute include age, injury and obesity. The first step toward finding treatment for this condition is to determine what caused it in the first place. At Holland Physical Therapy, our team can help you diagnose the cause of your arthritis. We can then use that information to create a personalized treatment plan to help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of arthritis of the hip?

Every patient is different, and not everyone experiences the same symptoms of arthritis of the hip. However, if you experience one or more of the symptoms listed below for more than a week or two, you should contact your doctor:

  • Stiffness of the joints that occurs as you get out of bed
  • Stiffness after you sit for a long period of time
  • Any pain, tenderness or swelling in the hip
  • Not being able to move the hip to do normal everyday activities
  • A sound or feeling of bone rubbing against bone

Your doctor will collect a complete medical history and perform a physical examination, which may include X-rays and a joint fluid test. The doctor may also evaluate you the way you walk (your gait). Often, patients will be recommended for physical therapy to help treat arthritis of the hip.

Physical therapy for arthritis of the hip treatment

Treatment for arthritis of the hip often begins with pain management and physical therapy. Staying active will help to preserve as much mobility as possible and hopefully allow you to avoid surgery.

Any good treatment plan must factor in the lifestyle of each individual patient. If a patient is overweight, diet and exercise may be the best way to take some of the pressure off the joints. Your physical therapist may talk to you about a diet and exercise program that not only targets the damaged hip joint, but also improves your overall health to help prevent future conditions from developing. 

Holland Physical Therapy treats arthritis of the hip

At Holland Physical Therapy, our team wants to be your first choice in treating the arthritis in your hip. Our treatment plans are designed to help you find relief. Contact Holland Physical Therapy today to set up your initial consultation.