CAN OSTEOPATHY PREVENT YOU NEEDING HIP SURGERY?
Give osteo a go and get yourself back to optimal health.
Do you know what is causing your persistent hip pain? A common complaint we hear in the clinic is patients experiencing “pinching” in the front of their hip, which may be caused by femoral-acetabular impingement (or FAI). If this is the case, and irritation continues to occur, then over time this can lead to the early stages of arthritis in the hip, and in some severe cases total hip replacement. – The signs of hip arthritis include morning stiffness and a loss of hip flexion (bringing the knee towards your chest and rotation.
SIGNS OF HIP ARTHRITIS: Morning stiffness, loss of hip flexion, loss of hip rotation.
An initial visit to your osteopath will diagnose “Why” you are experiencing hip pain symptoms. Dr Emma Gray says “Osteopathic manual treatment may ease hip pain and help maintain, and even improve, hip mobility through joint articulation and soft tissue techniques.”
Emma also looks at any compensations in the low back or knees as a result of limping due to hip pain. If addressed early enough, this can make a difference in delaying, or in some cases, preventing the need for any hip surgery. Your osteopath can also provide a treatment plan including self-care strategies, pro-active lifestyle changes and low-impact activity advice.
“Don’t ignore your hip pain for too long, as the earlier it is assessed, the sooner a plan can be made to prevent further injury.” – Dr Emma Gray.
OSTEO TOP TIPS:
- Do your exercises! A little bit every day goes a long way in recovering from hip pain or a total hip replacement. – Gentle activation of the gluteals, quadriceps and calves so they can support your new hip.
- Don’t push the hip joint movement too quickly and too soon after surgery, particularly into hip flexion (knee to chest). Take time to slowly increase your hip movement and stretch gently through the surrounding muscles.
- Are you experiencing any post hip surgery pain? We recommend you visit your osteopath to solve the cause of why you are having your new pain with a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan to get you back to optimal health.