Your hips are durable and stable ball-and-socket joints that allow you to walk and run as well as provide stability and support to your upper body. Despite their importance, you probably don’t think much about them — until you have hip pain.
Our team of expert physical therapists here at Logos Physical Therapy in Perth Amboy & Somerville, NJ, helps patients like you recover from painful hip injuries and degenerative conditions. We help with everything from arthritis to fractures and recovery from hip replacement.
Common hip disorders
Your hips consist of the head of your femur (thigh bone) and a socket in your pelvis. The joints are supported and stabilized by a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that allows for your legs’ extensive range of motion. Injury or degeneration of any of these parts can cause hip pain.
Osteoarthritis is the degenerative form of arthritis. It develops when the cartilage that lines your joints wears away. When you move, your bones rub together without protection or lubrication, which causes irritation, inflammation, pain, and stiffness. It can interfere with your mobility and even make it painful for you to transition between sitting and standing.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the synovial lining in your joints, causing inflammation and pain. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can damage your cartilage and contribute to osteoarthritis.
Tendinitis is a common repetitive motion injury. Athletes and other physically active people have a higher risk of developing tendinitis in their hips. While painful, tendinitis usually goes away on its own after a few days of rest and at-home care.
Your labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket part of each of your hip joints. It not only protects the lining of your joint but increases your hip stability. You can tear your labrum in an acute injury, but the condition can also develop over time with repetitive movements.
A hip fracture occurs in the upper quarter of your thigh bone — a break in the socket part of your hip is a pelvis fracture. Your risk of a hip fracture increases with age as you lose bone density. Although, you can also fracture your hip with a fall or direct blow with a lot of force.
When to talk to a physical therapist about hip pain
You should seek medical attention if you have hip pain that’s limiting your mobility or interfering with your quality of life. For example, if your hip hurts when you put weight on your leg or if you have such severe pain or stiffness that you limp when you walk, you should make an appointment.
Whether your doctor refers you to us for therapy or you seek us out on your own, we can assess your condition and create a customized therapy program to reduce your pain and help heal your hips.
Managing hip pain
Depending on your condition, we might include any of the following therapeutic modalities in your program.
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM)
- Selective functional movement assessment (SFMA)
- Ergonomic assessments
- Gait and balance training
- Orthopedic manual therapy
- Joint mobilizations
We also teach you stretches and exercises to practice at home to maintain your progress between appointments.
If you have hip pain, call or make an appointment online. Our team at Logos Physical Therapy offers customized physical therapy to help you maintain a pain-free and active life.