Hip pain can have a variety of causes, ranging from overuse injuries to degenerative conditions such as arthritis. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for many hip injuries and conditions, helping to reduce pain and improve function. Here are five common hip conditions that can be treated with physical therapy:
Bursitis occurs when the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs located near joints, become inflamed. Hip bursitis can cause pain and tenderness in the hip area. Physical therapy for hip bursitis may include modalities such as ice or heat therapy, stretches to improve range of motion, and strengthening exercises for the muscles around the hip joint.
The labrum is a ring of cartilage that lines the hip socket, providing stability to the joint. A hip labral tear can cause pain, stiffness, and a clicking or catching sensation in the hip joint. Physical therapy for hip labral tears may include exercises to improve hip stability and strength, as well as stretches to improve range of motion.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that can affect any joint, including the hip. Physical therapy for hip osteoarthritis may include modalities such as heat or cold therapy, exercises to improve hip range of motion, and strengthening exercises for the muscles around the hip joint.
The hip flexors are a group of muscles that help to lift the leg and bend the hip joint. A hip flexor strain can cause pain and weakness in the front of the hip. Physical therapy for hip flexor strains may include modalities such as ice or heat therapy, stretches to improve hip flexor flexibility, and strengthening exercises for the hip flexor muscles.
The piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttocks. Piriformis syndrome occurs when this muscle becomes tight and compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain in the hip, buttocks, and down the leg. Physical therapy for piriformis syndrome may include modalities such as ice or heat therapy, stretches to improve piriformis flexibility, and strengthening exercises for the hip and gluteal muscles.
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At OSR Physical Therapy, our experienced physical therapists work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans based on their specific hip condition. Contact us to schedule an evaluation and find out how physical therapy can help you recover from hip pain and improve your hip function.