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Hip Pain Q & A
When Should a Patient Consider a Hip Replacement?
Hip replacement surgeries are often the last resort a doctor offers to their patients. If chronic hip pain is no longer relieved through laser procedures or the use of physical therapy and platelet rich plasma injections, the next step is to remove the diseased or worn joint and replace it with a joint assembly. Even with a hip replacement, physical therapy will still be needed for several weeks to help the patient learn how to maneuver with the new joint. The patient will also need to rebuild their strength and work to regain their previous range of motion. While the procedure may correct the cause of the pain, it will cause the person to start from scratch when it comes to strength and dexterity.
What Exercises are Used in a Pain Management Program for the Hips?
When a doctor creates a pain management plan for a person who has chronic hip pain, they will include a variety of exercises that a physical therapist will use to help restore blood flow to the joint and increase the physical strength of the muscles affected by the injury or illness. Walking, stretching and swimming are ideal exercises for the hips because they increase endurance and help to strengthen the tissues without applying excess weight. Ergonomic exercise bikes that take the pressure off of the hips are also beneficial. Each person will be different when it comes to exercise. Some may feel more comfortable with walking or swimming, while others would prefer working with a physical therapist.
What Treatment Methods are Used to Control Hip Pain?
With today’s technology, doctors have new treatment methods that offer proven results with fewer side effects and much less downtown. Radiofrequency ablation is used to laser certain nerves, blocking pain signals from traveling to and from the brain. Stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections are also being used to help strengthen tissues and stimulate the growth and regeneration of certain types of cells within the joint. When these treatment methods are used alongside physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications, doctors can create an effective treatment plan that strengthens the joint, re-establishes blood flow to the area, and effectively relieve pain and inflammation.