The hips take a lot of wear and tear over the years, which can lead to osteoarthritis, a degeneration of the cartilage that lines the joint. As the cartilage wears over time, the joint becomes stiffer and the muscles around the buttocks can also weaken. In advanced stages, bony spurs can form around the joint and even change the shape of the joint.
Most minor to moderate cases of hip osteoarthritis can benefit from physiotherapy. In advanced stages, a total or partial hip replacement may be needed to repair the damaged joint. In this case, physiotherapy after the surgery is critical to a successful recovery.
How our physiotherapists can help
The pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hip comes from inflammation in and around the joint. Tight muscles can occur with osteoarthritis, further limiting joint movement. This loss of movement can result in weakness in the buttock and hip muscles, leading to more dysfunction.
Physiotherapy can improve joint mobility, range of motion and muscle strength. First, we would thoroughly evaluate the mechanics of your hip joint and by pinpointing the specific areas that need attention, we will formulate a plan to help relieve your pain, improve your motion and improve your walking. Book an appointment today to let us help you with your pain and mobility!