People suffer from hip pain for many different reasons. One of the more common reasons why this happens osteoarthritis of the hip joint, this is a problem that many people face, as they get older. As many as 25% of women and 15% of men will experience the symptoms of osteoarthritis when they reach the age of 60.
Joint disease, joint dislocation or a previous fracture can predispose someone to osteoarthritis. And if you have a family history of the disease, you will more likely get it. Being obese adds more stress to the hip joint, so this also puts you further at risk. Even if you do not qualify for any of the risk factors, you can end up suffering from this hip pain problem, merely due to wear and tear of the hip joint.
What Are the Symptoms of Hip Pain?
There are a number of symptoms that people suffering from this condition may experience. They include:
- Groin stiffness/discomfort
- Thigh stiffness/discomfort
- Buttock stiffness/discomfort
- Pain moving from the side of the hip to the groin area
- Pain moving from the front of the thigh toward the knee joint
- Pain over the knee – this is a symptom that is often overlooked
- Feeling hip pain while completing weight-bearing activities and walking
- Cold weather brings on the pain and discomfort
- Loss of muscle strength
- Loss of mobility
- Difficulty running/walking
- Difficulty extending the thigh
- Restricted hip movement
How Can a Physical Therapist Help Those Suffering from Hip Pain?
Often your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination plus x-rays in order to determine the exact cause of the hip pain. If your condition has advanced too far, surgery may be recommended as the only solution. However, you may be surprised to learn that all hip pain does not necessarily spring directly from the hip. It could be caused by problems with the foot, knee, ankle or back. Every one of these areas can influence hip issues.
How Will Physical Therapy Help?
A major goal of physical therapy is to help eliminate the pain and reduce inflammation to the hip area. It will also help strengthen the weakened muscles and relax painful muscle spasms. This should help eliminate any discomfort that you experience and help bring the hip joint back to normal.
Other ways to help eliminate osteoarthritis symptoms are through regular exercise, relaxation, good nutritional support and an overall healthy lifestyle. Speak with a physical therapist about treatment options today.