Osteoarthritis of The Hip

About Osteoarthritis of the hip

Osteoarthritis of the hip can be painful as the hip moves with transitioning from sit to stand, walking, squatting, and bending. The hips take a lot of wear and tear over the years leading to a degeneration of the cartilage that lines the joint. As the cartilage wears over time, the joint surfaces begin to wear against each other. In advanced stages of osteoarthritis, bone spurs can form around the joint and even change the shape of the joint.

Most minor to moderate cases of hip osteoarthritis can be managed conservatively with physical therapy. In advanced stages, a total or partial hip replacement may be needed to repair the damaged joint. Physical therapy in the hospital and outpatient facilities is highly important in the recovery from a hip replacement surgery.

How physical therapy helps:

The pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hip comes from inflammation in and around the joint from wear and tear. Tight muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissues occur with osteoarthritis further limiting joint movement. In addition, weakness of the buttock muscles and hip rotators generally occurs because of the loss of movement.

Physical therapy can improve joint mobility, range of motion, and muscle strength. First your physical therapist will thoroughly evaluate the mechanics of your hip joint, walking, and hip muscle coordination. By pinpointing the specific areas that need attention, we formulate an individualized plan to relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help your osteoarthritis hip pain and walk.