Osteoarthritis (osteoarthrosis) of the hip involves progressive wearing away of the smooth, white joint surface cartilage of the joint. One of the earliest signs of hip osteoarthrosis is loss of hip rotation. Other symptoms include pain with activities, stiffness of the hip, and walking with a limp. The intensity of these symptoms may vary over time and indeed some patients find their symptoms change with the weather.
Muscle weakness, and the resultant hip joint instability associated, is thought to contribute towards the deterioration of your hip joint cartilage. Weaker hip muscles also provide less shock absorption capabilities than their strong counterparts, which increases your hip joint compression forces.
The main aim of physiotherapy is to prolong the life of the hip to avoid surgery. The Back & Body Clinic Physiotherapists will help you regain mobility, strength and reduce your pain.
Some osteoarthrosis hip patients may go on to need hip replacements or hip resurfacing surgery but pre and post surgical physiotherapy can speed up the recovery processes significantly and maximize your potential for recovery.
Treatment for Hip Osteoarthritis
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise:
- Biomechanical assessment
- Activity modification advice
- Exercise programs to stretch, self treat and improve proprioception, balance and strength
- Clinical Pilates
- Joint mobilisation
- Joint manipulation
- Spinal and pelvic realignment
- Joint traction
- Deep tissue massage/myofascial release
- Dry needling /acupuncture
- Orthotic/insole advice
- Ice or heat treatment
- Injection advice
- Surgical advice