Hip Pain and Knee Pain

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What Can I Do About My Hip Pain?

People experience a wide variety of symptoms when they are having hip problems.  Pain in the hip, frequent groin pulls, an aching hip, clicking in the hip, inability to sit through a movie, a constantly tight hip, and trouble getting out of a car are characteristics of a serious problem.  Osteoarthritis is a common reason for pain in the hip, however, pain in the hip can also come from the lower back, sacroiliac joints, knees or other visceral structures.  A complete physical therapy exam with one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy can help you find out the cause of your hip pain and develop a plan to address the source of your discomfort.  The primary goal of our physical therapy programs is to help you regain your mobility.  We can help you achieve this goal through carefully prescribed stretches, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, pain management, and instruction in home exercise programs and self-care.

Does Physical Therapy Help Relieve Knee Pain?

Knee pain can be caused by disease or injury.  The prevalence of knee pain has increased over the past 20 years, with osteoarthritis being the most common cause in individuals over the age of 50.  Knee pain that has a traumatic injury is often associated with cartilage tears.  Knee injuries can occur as the result of a direct blow or sudden movement that strains the knee beyond it’s normal range of movement.  Patients with knee pain frequently report difficulty performing activities such as walking, rising up from chairs, climbing stairs, or playing sports.  Physical therapy is a non-invasive, conservative treatment choice to help you manage your knee problem.  Our Doctors of Physical Therapy are specially trained to help diagnose and treat knee pain, and to help individuals return to their normal activities without pain or limitation.  Our main goals are to reduce your dependency on opioid pain medications and NSAIDS (alleve, motrin, advil, celebrex, etc), help you avoid the need for surgery, and get you back to moving freely again.

We are Experts at Rehabilitation Following Surgery

You’ve tried rest, ice, NSAIDS, yoga, swimming, acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy to no avail.  The day has come when you need surgery to repair your joint.  We are experts at helping patients rehabilitate from hip and knee surgeries including joint replacement, labral repair, knee arthroscopy, ACL repair, muscle re-attachment, and numerous other surgeries.  Our Doctors of Physical Therapy have a complete understanding of how to progress you through all stages of rehabilitation utilizing clinical decision making that will maintain your safety and the integrity of the surgery.  Let us help you regain your independence.

General Tips to Maintain Healthy Joints

  • One of best ways to reduce joint discomfort is to lose excess body weight.  Less weight equals less joint stress.
  • Talk with your physical therapist about which exercises are right for you.  Strengthening and stretching activities can help maintain your range of motion, build muscle and promote flexibility.  Activities to consider include walking, bicycling, swimming, and Pilates.
  • Keep moving.  As we age, we tend to do less and less.  Decreased activity can lead to joint stiffness.  When possible, alternate between sitting and standing, ideally every 30 minutes.
  • Warm up and cool down every time you exercise to prevent injury and promote flexibility
  • If motivation is an issue, consider adding music to your routine or exercise in groups.  It’s motivating, social, and builds self-esteem as you accomplish your goals together.
  • Find an exercise that you like to do.  You are more likely to continue with an exercise that you enjoy (Obvious but often overlooked).
  • Exercise is a life-long pursuit!

Sources

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/menus/hip.cfm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hip-pain/basics/definition/sym-20050684

https://medlineplus.gov/hipinjuriesanddisorders.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612336/