- Activity Modification:
The stress distribution is not uniform on our joints and hip receives far more stress than many other joints. Therefore, it is good to lose weight and avoid carrying heavy objects.
To maintain muscle mass despite pain, stiffness and weakness, a minimum of physical activity should always be maintained. A daily walk is necessary.
Maintain flexibility with gentle stretching exercises. A daily routine should be established with a stretching and strengthening exercises.
- Physical Therapy is useful when arthritis is mild or surgery is not an option. They can help setup a personalized exercise program.
- Hydrotherapy is in my opinion one of the best non operative treatments. It can be done in a specialized water therapy clinic or at your local gym water fitness program. This consists of doing stretching and strengthening exercises in water.
- Proper nutrition: Consult with a nutritionist for weight loss and to determine if there are any deficiencies.
- Pain medication: The use of pain medication can be considered for short term pain relief. We do not recommend the long-term usage of pain medication.
- Anti-inflammatory medication: Can also be used for short-term control of an acute increase in pain. Side effects include stomach ulcers.
- Injections: Ultrasound-guided injections to the hip joint are given regularly at our office. Different types of injections can be given and include cortisone, platelet rich plasma, and prolotherapy injections. Injections provide short-term and sometimes long term pain relief when there is a sudden increase in pain.