Treating hip arthritis with physical therapy

Treatment for Hip Arthritis

Your hips are incredibly complex joints that are more important than you may realize. It’s easy to take walking, running and even sitting for granted when your hips are performing normally. However, when one or both of your hips are in pain, you realize just how important they are. 

Fortunately, many cases of hip pain are minor and are related to soreness caused by heavy physical activity. Other cases are related to more serious conditions like arthritis.

How does arthritis affect the hips?

The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, though there are more than 100 forms of the disease. Many of these forms, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, can attack the cartilage and bone tissue in your hips.

When the cartilage and bone tissue are damaged, your hips can suffer from pain and loss of mobility. In extreme cases, you may need surgery for treatment, but many people can benefit from non-invasive treatments like physical therapy.

How does physical therapy help people with hip arthritis?

Physical therapy treatments for arthritis vary depending on the severity of your arthritis and variables like medical history and levels of fitness. At Holland Physical Therapy, our physical therapists work hard to get to know you and develop a customized treatment for your needs.

Many of our physical therapy treatments for hip arthritis include:

  • Stretches and exercises
  • Hands-on therapy
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Joint protection techniques
  • Posture guidance
  • Weight-loss guidance

Physical therapists can also help you learn to use assistive devices like canes and walkers, and they can help you recover from surgery if your arthritis is severe enough to require it. 

Contact Holland Physical Therapy for hip arthritis treatment

Don’t put off treating hip pain if the pain is extreme or long-lasting. Ignoring this kind of hip pain can result in increased pain and the possibility of more serious problems like permanent disability. 

Are you suffering from hip pain that may be related to arthritis? Would you like to talk to a physical therapist about how physical therapy can help you find relief? Contact us today to schedule your appointment and learn more about what physical therapy can do for you.