Managing Hip Pain With Physical Therapy

By Luna
Managing Hip Pain With Physical Therapy

If you’re stuck managing hip pain, we have good news for you. Physical therapy can help you manage the pain and also treat it by restoring strength and mobility. 

The hip is one of the most stable joints in the body. And yet, because this ball-and-socket joint bears the full weight of our body day in and day out, hip pain is a common complaint. 

Symptoms and Causes of Hip Pain

How do you know it’s hip pain that you’re dealing with and not something else? 

Common symptoms associated with hip pain include:

  • Limping
  • Loss of motion in the hip
  • Inability to walk normally
  • Pain in the joint or groin
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness or warmth in the hip
  • Difficulty applying pressure to the hip

There are many different underlying causes of hip pain. According to John Hopkins Medicine, pain in the hip often stems from “injury to the muscles, tendons, or the small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints.” 

Common causes of hip pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip fracture
  • Strain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tear
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis

Managing Hip Pain 101: Common Questions

Here are some of the most common questions we get from those looking for more meaningful ways to manage hip pain. 

How can I stop hip pain?

Because hip pain can stem from a number of different causes (like arthritis, hip fracture, strain, tendonitis, bursitis, labral tear, or other diseases/conditions in other areas of your body), identifying the root of your pain is a crucial first step in treatment. Some hip pain is temporary, but some people experience hip pain more chronically. Make an appointment with your doctor to identify the underlying cause of your hip pain. 

What is the fastest way to relieve hip pain?

With hip injuries, rest, cold application, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication are common first-line defenses for pain management. Most mild strain injuries will resolve using these home remedies. But for those with more serious conditions, surgery and/or physical therapy may be necessary to find relief.

How do I know if my hip pain is serious?

If you’re experiencing severe hip pain, are unable to move your leg or hip, can’t bear weight on the affected leg, or notice sudden swelling or signs of infection, you should seek immediate medical attention. It’s always important to see a doctor to rule out any serious medical condition. 

Is walking good for hip pain?

Again, this depends on the cause of the hip pain. With acute strains or injuries, it’s best to practice RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). Ice is best for the first day or two after injury. After that, try applying heat to avoid joint stiffness and reduce pain. 

How does PT help me with hip pain?

Physical therapy can play a huge role in healing and managing hip pain. An effective physical therapy program will help you reach your specific goals: getting back to certain activities, eliminating/decreasing pain, improving range of motion, building strength, etc. 

Tired of hip pain keeping you from the activities and lifestyle you love? Luna’s physical therapists can help. Our licensed PTs are ready to treat your hip pain and its underlying causes. The best part? We come to you! With Luna, you’ll get one-on-one treatment for your hip pain from a physical therapist dedicated to helping you find meaningful relief, all from the comfort of your home. 

Ready to get started? Learn more about Luna or give us a call today.