Your hips are very large joints that play no small role in your ability to make your way through the world, but when they’re in pain, you quickly realize that mobility is only one issue. Sitting and sleeping can also be hampered by painful hips, which can make the discomfort a constant companion.
If you’re struggling with hip pain, Jason LaMendola, PT, and the team of experienced physical therapy experts here at TLC Physical Therapy have considerable experience helping clients to relieve the pain. While immediate pain management is our top priority, our physical therapy is also designed to set you up for long-lasting relief.
Your hips are considered major joints and their workload is considerable, whether standing, sitting, or moving. Because they’re so active, there are many issues that can develop that lead to hip pain, but the more common include:
Arthritis is at the head of the list as the problem affects one in four adults in the United States and the most prevalent form of arthritis — osteoarthritis — most commonly affects major joints like knees and hips.
While you work with your primary care provider or orthopedist toward remedying the underlying problem, our team of physical therapists can play an invaluable role in re-establishing pain-free movement.
When you first come in, we evaluate your hip pain to figure out the best approach to relief. While many people think of physical therapy as simply targeted exercises, it goes well beyond that. We first consider the level of your pain and use treatments like massage and hot and cold therapies to provide relief and increase the blood flow to the damaged tissues to reduce swelling and encourage healing.
When it comes to the targeted stretches and exercises, we concentrate on strengthening the surrounding tissues to take the pressure off of your hip joint. We also concentrate on stretching so that you can maintain range of motion in your hips, as well as balance work so that you can remain steady on your feet when you have a problematic hip.
We also target these exercises toward your unique needs and goals. Whether you have more functional objectives, such as climbing the stairs or getting in and out of chairs, or lifestyle wishes, such as getting back out onto the golf course or running track, we work toward your goals.
In other words, our first steps toward managing hip pain is to help you take stronger steps that will serve you well down the road.
If you’d like get on the road to relief from your hip pain, please contact one of our offices on the North and South Shores of Staten Island; in Englishtown, New Jersey; or in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, to schedule an appointment.