Hip Osteoarthritis-By Charles Alexander, PT, DPT
by ksumner, August 7, 2020
My Hip Is Killing Me
People may notice increasing hip tightness with occupational demands or working at home with current changes due to COVID-19. If you notice increasing morning stiffness or noting difficulty with sleeping on the side we can help with that.
Some of the most common pathologies of the hip include hip osteoarthritis and trochanteric bursitis.
Hip Osteoarthritis occurs as the hip joint cartilage degenerates leading to inflammation, pain, and decreased range. Hip osteoarthritis has a prevalence of 27% in one’s lifetime, typically increases with age, is more common in women, or of those with a physically demanding job. Common symptoms include morning stiffness, pain with prolonged walking, and has a family history of hip osteoarthritis.
Trochanteric Bursitis is pain and inflammation on the outside of the hip caused by the bursa becoming inflamed and irritated. Bursa is a fluid filled sack that helps reduce the friction of tendons and ligaments around bony or joint structures. Pain can occur with laying on the involved side, pain with getting in and out of bed, or with resistance of the hip coming up.
Physical Therapy can help with addressing symptoms of both common pathologies by helping manage pain, helping with joint mobilization, stretching, exercises, and education on possible aggravating activities.
If you are interested in a physical therapy session do not hesitate to ask or call (530) 226-9242. You do not need a referral from your doctor.
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