HIP CONDITIONS TREATED WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center is pleased to treat patients suffering from common hip problems, including injuries and those recovering from hip replacement surgery. We have a team of expert physical therapists who pride themselves on getting positive results with patients through individualized care and “hands-on” physical therapy. We have successfully rehabilitated thousands of injuries, ranging from work and auto accidents to overuse injuries.

Here is a list of just some of the hip conditions that we treat:

  • Balance Issues
  • Hip Fractures
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pre-Surgery and Post-Operative Therapy or Hip Surgery
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Snapping Hip
  • Sports Hernia
  • Tendonitis/ Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Weakness/Difficulty Walking

BALANCE ISSUES

Vestibular disorders generally present as dizziness, vertigo and balance difficulties. Some patients also suffer from hearing problems, fatigue, nauseas and difficulty concentrating. Vestibular disorders are treated at our physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities using balance retraining. Balance retraining involves various exercises that your physical therapist will walk you through to improve your muscular responses to sensory information (crucial in balance control). These may include core strengthening exercises, muscle strengthening exercises, balance training and gait training.

HIP FRACTURES

Following a hip surgery, you will likely be referred to physical therapy for help in rehabilitation. Our physical therapists will conduct a full assessment and evaluation of your medical history, your strength, your posture, gait, strength, range of motion and more before working with you to design a program for treatment. Palpation may be used to determine the injury to the soft tissue. A rehabilitation program following a hip fracture will likely involve postural re-education, core strengthening exercises, gait training, manual therapy techniques, range of motion exercises, and strengthening exercises.

OSTEITIS PUBIS

Osteitis pubis is an overuse injury, and is thought to be caused by sports injuries, previous hip injuries, including sprains. It results in pain, inflammation and limited range of motion of the hip. As a first course of treatment, cold therapy such as using ice packs will likely be recommended. Your physical therapist will also review your daily activities and help you to make modifications in order to reduce irritation. However, strengthening and stretching exercises will likely be necessary, in order to increase your range of motion.

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis of the hip is marked by stiff joints. The stiff joints in the hip may become incredibly painful, resulting in hip pain and difficulty walking. Although it may seem like the best solution would be to rest, in many cases, that is not the best course of treatment. Refraining from moving can actually cause the joints of the hip to become stiffer, and consequently, this may increase the level of pain you experience. Controlled movement of the joints of the hip under the guidance of a physical therapist can increase your strength and range of motion to help you combat the effects of osteoarthritis. Postural re-education and gait training may also play a role in helping to reduce the pain of hip pain caused by osteoarthritis.

PRE-SURGERY AND POST-OPERATIVE THERAPY OR HIP SURGERY

Our full service physical therapy and rehabilitation centers specialize in pre-surgery and post-operative treatment. Whereas physical therapy following shoulder has been recommended for years, new studies have shown that physical therapy prior to surgery may help patients to recover from surgery faster, thereby getting back into their normal routines quicker. Pre-surgery physical therapy generally involves a combination of exercise based physical therapy customized for the specific surgery, and injured area of the body. Post-operative or post-surgery physical therapy for the hip may involve a combination of stretching, massage, joint mobilization, postural reeducation, strengthening, nerve gliding, strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, range of motion exercises, ultrasound, electric stimulation and more.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is systemic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of joints and joint lining. This may present itself in chronic hip pain. Clients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis often see marked improvement in range of motion, and a reduction in pain after undergoing a comprehensive physical therapy program. Some of the modalities we may use to help reduce pain from rheumatoid arthritis may involve nerve gliding, manipulation of the nerves, stretching exercises, aquatic therapy, and strengthening exercises.

We will take into consideration your overall goals of your rheumatoid arthritis treatment program while we work with you in physical therapy. Your program will be designed only after assessing and evaluating your joint stability, strength, posture and more.

SNAPPING HIP

When a ligament, tendon or muscle rolls over a bony prominence in the hip, you are experiencing snapping hip. It can occur in the front, on the side, or in the back of the hip. Snapping hip may be the result of repetitive injury or overuse, such as that experienced by athletes. The snapping may present with or without pain. When pain is present, a physical therapy program can help to alleviate your discomfort.

Modalities of physical therapy that may be used to treat snapping hip may include hot/cold therapy, taping, MTT, joint manipulation, ultrasound, stationary bike cycles, band therapy, soft tissue mobilization, electrical stimulation, range of motion and strengthening exercises.

SPORTS HERNIA

In order to help you alleviate pain from and recover from a sports hernia, physical therapy will likely be recommended to you. Physical therapy to treat this condition typically focuses on stretching the lower abdominal muscles and tendons. We will also likely recommend core strengthening exercises, which may require the use of an exercise or physioball. A stronger core will prevent excess strain on the leg muscles.

TENDONITIS/ TROCHANTERIC BURSITIS

Hip tendonitis appears most often as trochanteric bursitis. In this condition the bursa becomes inflamed, causing pain, which may spread all the way to your knee. Fortunately hip tendonitis rarely requires surgery. The inflammation can be helped with cold therapy such as icing the sore area. Ultrasound may also be advised by our expert physical therapists to help reduce your pain and swelling. Stretching and strengthening exercises will also likely be recommended.

WEAKNESS/DIFFICULTY WALKING

Weakness or difficulty in walking may lead to a fear of falling which can cause a big disruption to your life. Falls are responsible for millions of injuries each year. As part of a rehabilitation treatment program following an injury, or for general safety and prevention reasons, fall prevention is gladly provided by our licensed physical therapists. Your fall prevention program will begin with an evaluation of the muscle strength in your legs. Based on the results of your evaluation, our experts will begin a physical therapy program with you which will include a combination of strengthening exercises. These may include core strengthening exercises, muscle strengthening exercises, balance training and gait training.

We also provide gait training, which begins with an evaluation of your medical history, and observation of how you are able to walk. Our licensed physical therapists then develop a comprehensive therapy/rehabilitation program which may include a series of exercises. Specifically exercises that focus on balance, stability, range of motion, and core strengthening may be incorporated into your program in order to help you to walk safely, and prevent injuries due to a fall.