Hip impingements can cause pain during many normal daily activities. This issue can lead to discomfort when sitting down. It can cause your hip to ache when walking. In fact, this condition can affect any activity or task that involves your hip joint.
You might be surprised to learn just how common femoroacetabular impingements (FAIs), or hip impingements, are. Medical researchers reveal that up to 15% of the adult population is likely dealing with this hip issue. Physical therapy is among the most effective treatment options for hip impingement and its symptoms.
How can physical therapists treat a hip impingement?
Physical therapy specialists can take several steps to help treat a hip impingement. First, your physical therapist will evaluate your pain levels and movement during an evaluation. They may also ask you about normal daily tasks you do. Additionally, the evaluation can include questions about your medical history.
Having this information allows your physical therapist to build you a therapy plan to fit your needs. Some of the therapy methods your plan could include are:
Active Release Techniques® (ART)
This is a type of therapy in the manual therapy category. It involves your physical therapist using their hands to mobilize or manipulate joints and soft tissue. Active release can help patients with painful hips. One study reports that 100% of the patients in the ART group had a significant improvement in their hip pain.
This technique is a type of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Physical therapists who use the Graston Technique apply pressure to soft tissue with specially designed metal tools. The goal is to reduce tension in the tissue. This physical therapy method can benefit patients with FAI-related range-of-motion deficits. Medical researchers reported that a two-minute IASTM treatment led to an up to 19% improvement in knee and hip range of motion.
Your physical therapist can also show you exercises to boost hip muscle strength. Strong hip muscles are important for hip joint support and movement. A study of therapeutic exercises after a total hip replacement reveal that they led to the following:
- A 24.4% improvement in hip flexor strength
- A 47.8% increase in hip extensor strength
- A 41.2% boost in hip abductor strength
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers hip impingement treatment
Not sure where to turn for effective hip impingement physical therapy? Our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team can offer you help for this condition. We offer comprehensive evaluations that can help pinpoint the root cause of your hip impingement. Our physical therapists are also adept at creating individualized therapy plans designed to decrease and prevent hip impingement symptoms.
Unable to come into one of our clinics to get help? No worries! We offer physical therapy services that can help treat your hip problems right in your own home, including at-home care and virtual therapy sessions. Our team can even help you start your therapy if you don’t have a doctor’s referral.
Contact our team today for more information about the hip conditions we can help you treat or to schedule your initial appointment.