The hip is one of the largest joints in the body and is a major motion area for the pelvis/lower back complex. It is highly involved in supporting proper lower back function and plays in integral role in good knee mechanics. The muscles around the hip tend to get tight due to the weight bearing nature of this joint and when motion gets limited there is a corresponding increased stress on the lower back as well as increased frictional stress in the hip itself. Hip replacement surgery is a very common procedure in the above 55 age group and often relates to an insidious progression of tightness in the hip muscles and socket which creates stress on the cartilage. Good hip health can be augmented by understanding how a hip gets tight and what exercises would assist in reducing premature osteoarthritis and hip impingement. There are many associated diagnoses related to overused tissues (bursitis, tendonitis, piriformis syndrome) which build off the insidious tightness progression as well. Physical therapy is strongly suited to handling these issues because the rehab typically requires deep tissue work, stretching, and corrective exercises. A good hip evaluation should be a part of all lower back evaluations since these two areas are so related. And the same reasoning would be used for the knee.
Common conditions we help:
- Hip arthritis
- Knee arthritis
- Hip pain, knee pain, leg pain and ankle pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Total hip replacement, Total knee replacement rehab
- Difficulty walking / poor balance
- Hip Impingement
- ITB Syndrome
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