Hip Arthritis Treatment in Thousand Oaks
by Cheryl Schuhmann-Wertheimer, PT, DPT, December 11, 2015
The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA or OA can impact most joints of the body but the hip(s) is a common joint of concern and a reason you might be looking for hip arthritis treatment in Thousand Oaks.
While each condition (OA or RA) results in joint pain and stiffness, the two are very different disease processes. OA can be hereditary, a result of aging, obesity, or the secondary effect of a previous hip injury. RA is also believed to be hereditary and is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body begins to attack itself, or loses it’s ability to ward off infection. Unfortunately, hips are one of the most common joints affected by RA.
Don’t Wait – Seek Conservative Treatment First
If you have hip pain that lasts more than 2 weeks, including swelling, stiffness, redness or tenderness to the touch – especially if accompanied with a fever, you should seek medical attention. There is no cure for arthritis, yet the pain and stiffness can be managed with the help of our hip pain specialists Thousand Oaks. We can help you take the first steps to address issues such as proper exercises, modifications of daily activities, the proper exercise environment (land versus water), and help make informed decisions about auxiliary medical equipment, such as canes and walkers.
As a physical therapist, emphasis is placed on ways to compensate for loss in hip strength and mobility, by targeting specific muscles and the hip joint itself with therapeutic exercise and manual therapy respectively. Gait re-training for those with early stage hip OA can mean a slower progression of the disease, because it lessens the pressure put on worn out cartilage that causing the bones to rub together. Exercises that increase range of motion in RA patients along with newer medications to slow the damage, will improve quality of movement.
Research Concludes that Physical Therapy is Beneficial
There are a number of treatment options when it comes to the management of OA and RA. When seeking care, one should expect that there is some clinical research to support the treatment that is provide. While this not always the case for much of what is “marketed” to consumers on TV and online, there is solid evidence that physical therapist directed treatment, that that provided at Transitions Therapies West, is effective. Consider this recent clinical study:
Effects of exercise and manual therapy on pain associated with hip osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Best available evidence indicates that exercise therapy (whether land-based or water-based) is more effective than minimal control in managing pain associated with hip OA in the short term. Larger high-quality RCTs are needed to establish the effectiveness of exercise and manual therapies in the medium and long term.
The physical therapists at Transitions Therapies West are experts at providing therapeutic exercise, aquatic therapy, and manual therapy. Please contact us if you or a family member is suffering from the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Chances are we can help.