Indianapolis Physical Therapy For Hip Pain

Hip Joint

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint like the shoulder. However, it has far greater stability that comes with a compromised mobility. The head of the femur articulates in the socket of the pelvic bone and permits motion in all the three cardinal planes. Being a weight bearing joint, this too is susceptible to wear and tear as well as injuries. Hip joint pain can significantly impact your quality of life, affecting your ability to walk, climb stairs, or even sit comfortably. At Victor Physical Therapy in Indianapolis, we specialize in diagnosing and treating hip pain, helping you regain mobility and return to your daily activities pain-free.

Commonly Seen Painful Hip Conditions

  • Trochanteric bursitis: prolonged lying on one side or repetitive activity can lead to inflammation of the bursa, that is a fluid-filled sac on the outer thigh.
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement-FAI: sensation of pinching in the hip region due to deficiency in the socket of the pelvis or the head of femur or both causing the labrum to tear.
  • Gluteal and Iliopsoas tendonitis: inflammation of the hip or butt muscle attachment
  • Snapping psoas: the hip muscles can snap out of place during hip or trunk flexion can be annoying and sometimes painful
  • Gluteus medius weakness: weakness of the butt/gluteal muscle leading to side-to-side instability while walking, evident especially when one leg is weightbearing and the other leg is off the ground.
  • Osteoarthritis: wear and tear of cartilage due to age or repetitive loading of the joint can cause pain during weight bearing activities.
  • IT band syndrome: pain the outer thigh and sometimes with excessive tenderness below the knee, aggravated by running or cycling.

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Symptoms of hip joint pathology

  • Pain: can be felt in the inner or out thigh or in the buttock region.
  • Difficulty with walking or climbing stairs or rising up from a seated position
  • Swelling/ ecchymosis
  • Snapping
  • Decreased range of motion

When to see a doctor

  • Trauma
  • Sudden increase in pain, swelling or presence of deformity
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Hip pain associated with fever

Tips for reducing hip pain

  • Maintain good alignment/posture while sitting
  • Use a firm sitting surface
  • Avoid crossing legs for even weight distribution
  • Take frequent breaks/avoid prolonged sitting

Physical Therapy management and hip pain relief

  • Strengthening the muscles of pelvic floor, trunk, and lower extremities
  • Promoting proper movement patterns during walking or sporting activities
  • RICE
  • Pain control

How Victor Physical Therapy Can Help

At Victor Physical Therapy in Indianapolis, our experienced physical therapist offers personalized treatment plans to address hip pain and its underlying causes. We strive to get to the root cause of the problem than merely treating the symptoms.

1. Thorough Evaluation: We begin with a detailed history taking followed by assessment of your hip joint, examining your gait, range of motion, and muscle strength. This helps us identify the root cause of your pain and develop an effective treatment strategy.

2. Pain Management Techniques: Our experienced  therapist will employ various techniques to alleviate hip pain, including:

– Manual therapy including joint mobilization and

– Movement optimization

– Therapeutic ultrasound

– Electrical stimulation such as TENS

3. Customized Therapeutic Exercises: We design tailored exercise regimen to:

– Improve hip flexibility and range of motion

– Strengthen hip and core muscles

– Enhance proprioception for balance and stability

– Correct posture and movement patterns

4. Functional Training: Our goal is to help you return to your daily activities and/or sports. Learning to do the exercise the right way is the key to being able to carry over that movement into functional tasks.  We incorporate functional exercises that mimic your everyday movements, ensuring a smooth transition back to your normal routine.

5. Patient Education: We empower you with knowledge about hip anatomy, proper body mechanics, and strategies for self-management and to prevent future injuries. This includes guidance on:

– Proper lifting techniques

– Ergonomic adjustments at home and work

– Appropriate footwear selection

– Good posture

6. Post-surgical rehabilitation we offer:

– Neuromuscular re-education

– Gait analysis and correction

Take the First Step Towards Pain-Free Living. Don’t let hip pain hold you back. Contact Victor Physical Therapy in Indianapolis today to schedule your evaluation. We are committed to helping you overcome hip pain and return to the activities you love.

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