There’s Nothing Hip About It
Hip arthritis generally results from osteoarthritis, or “wearand-
tear” arthritis. In a nutshell, osteoarthritis progressively wears away the cartilage of the joint it affects. Without cartilage in the joint to make movements smoother, the hip bones begin to grind and cause pain. Hip arthritis is typically found in individuals who are:
There’s no way to tell for sure who will develop hip arthritis, but there are a few measures you can take to avoid this debilitating condition:
As soon as you start feeling the symptoms of hip arthritis, including limited range of motion, joints stiffness, and pain in the hip area, see your doctor. If you receive a diagnosis of hip arthritis, following the steps outlined above. The goal is to avoid a hip replacement surgery, which should always be your last resort. Our well trained staff will help you make the most of your
condition so you can carry out your day to day activities with less pain.
It’s a common misconception that less activity (being sedentary) will “save” your hip from further decay. On the contrary, medical experts recommend that you remain as active as your comfort level will allow.You certainly don’t want to force activities that will result in more pain down the road.
If you or a loved one have any hip discomfort, it is IMPERATIVE that you consult our staff right away for recommendations on exercises and activities that will be right for your condition.
The Importance of Heat and Stretching
Before exercising, use heat to loosen the muscles in preparation for stretching exercises. The best method is a warm shower or bath for 10-15 minutes. You can also use a heating pad or a towel warmed in the microwave, but remember, warm heat gets into the joint better than dry heat! Then, STRETCH daily! Some common stretching we recommend include:
Physical therapy is a critical step in the management of pain associated with hip arthritis. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that includes exercise and other specialized techniques to relieve your pain.
Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center
1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1
Orange, Orange County, CA 92868