Our hips help us do a wide range of activities throughout every day. When hip pain strikes, it can be incredibly uncomfortable and difficult to find relief. Hip pain symptoms can vary greatly, from dull aches to burning sensations to sharp, stabbing pain. You may feel pain in a single point of your hip or radiating to other areas of your lower body. Acute, recurring, and chronic hip pain ultimately leads to a decrease in quality of life, making seemingly simple movements like walking or sitting very painful and distracting. Wherever you feel your hip pain, however severe it is, hip pain is not something to be ignored.
Physical therapy is a non-surgical treatment to help patients who are experiencing hip pain. If hip pain has just occurred and it is difficult to move, finding positions of comfort and rest is the best treatment. There are many forms of manual treatment with physical therapy that can help to increase hip pain relief. Professional’s physical therapy experts are dedicated to helping you find hip pain relief.
All About Your Hip
Your hip is a very stable and strong joint known as a “ball-and-socket joint”. The hip joint consists of the thigh (femur) and the pelvis. Ball-and-socket joints give the most movement of all the different types of joints in the body. A covering of muscles, attached to the bones by strong cords called “tendons”, hold the hip joint together and provide support and stability. In a healthy hip, the area between the femur and the pelvis are covered by a layer of cartilage, allowing the bones to glide smoothly when the hip joint is activated.
All these active parts help support your leg and upper body movement. However, despite its stability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can be overused. Bones in the hip can break during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain. Because the hip plays such an important part in everyday functions—many of which occur behind the scenes—consulting a physical therapist is a great first step toward diagnosis and long-lasting hip pain relief.
When Should I Seek Physical Therapy for My Hip Pain?
If you are experiencing hip pain, when can you benefit from physical therapy? The answer: Any time! The main goal of physical therapy is to improve your daily quality of life by providing care that helps decrease your pain and increase your strength and mobility. Whether hip pain is keeping you from performing simple daily tasks or playing at the top of your game, physical therapy is an effective way to treat a variety of hip injuries and conditions.
Hip pain can show up in a variety of ways and it can be tricky to identify when it is time to seek medical attention. A good rule of thumb is to seek attention as soon as the pain is noticeable, especially if it starts to interfere with your everyday activities. Figuring out the source of your hip pain is the first step to treating it. Professional’s physical therapists will discuss your concerns with you, examine the physical limitations caused by your hip pain, and create a plan to address your pain. Addressing the issue as soon as possible is key to obtaining hip pain relief and preventing potential future injuries.
Professional’s physical therapists work with you to address your specific needs and create a personalized treatment plan for your hip pain.
Pain in your hip can limit everyday activities such as walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing or descending stairs. At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your unique treatment plan that focuses on providing hip pain relief as quickly and efficiently as possible.
It can present itself in multiple areas of your body, including but not limited to:
Inside of the hip joint
Outside of the hip joint
Tools that a physician may use to diagnose hip pain and refer you to PT include a Clinical Exam, MRI, or X-Rays. If you have been referred to physical therapy, Professional’s PTs will conduct an initial physical evaluation to analyze the range of motion in your hip, as well as any limitations you have due to your pain. Our PTs work with you and information from your referring doctor to determine the make-up of your treatment plan.
Common Conditions that Cause Hip Pain
There are many causes of hip pain. Patients often describe the onset of hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sport can put repetitive strain on the hip and cause pain. Because the hip is a major weight bearing joint, arthritis of the hip is a common problem.
Pain in your hip might begin as acute but can become chronic if left untreated. Certain degenerative conditions can also lead to hip pain. Diagnosing and managing pain at an early stage can help limit symptoms in both time and severity. Click on the diagnoses below to see detailed information about how physical therapists at Professional treat these conditions:
Our physical therapists will diagnose your pain or injury and customize a hip pain treatment plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Cigna (MA)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
What Are Common Hip Pain Symptoms?
It is possible for hip pain to develop with no definitive cause. When this happens, the primary focus is on treating the symptoms rather than the cause of the symptoms. Identifying your hip pain symptoms is the first step to getting the specific treatment you require for hip pain relief. Common symptoms that can indicate a hip condition include:
Pain in your groin
Pain in the front of your hip
Lateral hip pain
Difficulty moving your hip and leg
Difficulty walking or running
Pain when rising from a seated position
Difficulty climbing stairs
What is Chronic Hip Pain?
Hip pain is typically considered chronic when it has persisted for more than 3 months. Long-term persistent hip pain could be the result of more severe issues, such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).
Consulting a certified physical therapist for hip pain relief is an important tool to lay the foundation for appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.
Physical Therapy Treatment Techniques for Hip Pain
No matter the cause of your hip pain, Professional’s physical therapists will work with you to create and facilitate a safe and effective treatment plan. Symptoms are unique in both their causes and the methods we use to help manage them and provide hip pain relief. Below are just a few of the skills and techniques we deploy to treat chronic hip pain or rehabilitate you after an injury or surgery:
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Health & Wellness Strategies
Hip Pain Relief Before and After Surgery
While pain in your hip is often treatable and preventable with ongoing physical therapy, serious conditions may require surgical intervention. When surgery cannot be avoided, research shows that physical therapy is a vital part of your road to recovery—both before and after your procedure. Before a surgery to address hip pain caused by severe conditions, physical therapy allows you to strengthen your muscles, educate yourself on what to expect post-surgery, and develop a home exercise routine to prepare for the journey ahead.
The stronger and more informed you are before surgery, the stronger and more assured you’ll be afterward. Post-surgery physical therapy may feel similar, with treatment targeted toward regaining strength, mobility, and flexibility to help you heal properly and recover most effectively.
Committed to Providing Hip Pain Relief
When it comes to finding hip pain relief, we ensure that our treatment is comprehensive, manageable, and customized to fit your specific symptoms and concerns. We don’t just help you treat your hip pain one time and send you on your way. Our therapists make sure to educate you on the how and why of your hip pain and put you on a path to ongoing wellness and prevention of more serious conditions.
We provide treatment for hip pain relief from our physical therapy clinics throughout Manhattan NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and hip pain specialist today.
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