Paula Shulthiess, a physical therapist with Lee Health, says it’s a common complaint. “I have patients on a weekly basis that come in with some kind of hip pain or hip disorder, or they just had a hip replacement.”
But before she can offer treatment, she must first determine what’s causing the pain. “The physical therapist will do an evaluation the first day, see when the hip pain started and what’s aggravating it, what makes it feel better, and then looking at the person’s body and figure out what’s causing the hip pain,” she said.
Physical therapists will do a head to toe evaluation. “We do look at the feet, not just the footwear or the shoe, but the actual foot itself and how it’s walking and what points of the foot contact the floor and which ones don’t,” said Shulthiess.
If a patient has a long history of hip pain, they may also develop problems with other joints. “Every time you take a step, your hips have to rotate back and forth, and if those muscles are tight and they are not rotating effectively then the next joint in that kinetic chain is going to be what rotates and that’s your spine or your knee, neither of which is supposed to rotate much,” she explained.
The most common causes of hip pain are arthritis, muscle weakness, muscle tightness, or an injury—all of which can be treated with physical therapy, exercise, and nutrition. Regardless of the cause—Learning new stretches and safe exercises can help patients get back on their feet and regain their quality of life.
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