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Ever wince with discomfort when standing up from a chair?

Hip pain is a very common problem which can cause difficulty with many daily activities. People often come to physical therapy with different complaints involving the hip. The number one complaint is pain localized to the hip joint and muscles surrounding the joint. Some people also experience stiffness in and around the hip and the lower back. This causes difficulty moving the joint and generalized weakness in the affected leg. When you are dealing with pain or stiffness in your hip, it can create difficulty performing the following activities:

  • Walking
  • Going up or down stairs
  • Squatting
  • Standing up from a chair
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Prolonged standing

When a patient is feeling significant stiffness in their hips, they can also start to experience difficulty with tasks such as sitting with their legs crossed, putting on shoes and socks, and getting in and out of the car. These restrictions can really limit your normal daily routine and become a serious problem.

Hip problems can stem from many causes. Some of the most common hip injuries include arthritis, labral tears, and muscle strains. Regardless of the injury, inflammation is typically present which will contribute to stiffness, decreased range of motion, muscle weakness and pain. Prolonged inflammation will cause slowed tissue healing and can start to negatively affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles that surround the hip. Muscle weakness will cause your movement mechanics to change and put increased stress on your knee and back or your opposite hip. The longer you experience symptoms, the weaker and stiffer your hip can become, further limiting your mobility.

There are many treatment options for hip pain. A majority of hip problems can be resolved with physical therapy with no need for surgery, prescription medications or injections. Physical therapy will help decrease your pain and improve your mobility regardless if you have been experiencing pain for days or years. Through specific strengthening and stretching exercises, physical therapy can help restore normal muscle balance in your legs and off load your hips. This results in improved mechanics and decreased pain.  Physical therapy will also teach you proper movement patterns to ensure proper alignment and resolve or prevent hip problems that are negatively affecting your life. At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center, we will fully evaluate your hip and associated symptoms and help restore your full function and get you back to your normal lifestyle.

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