Who Suffers Hip Pain?
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Middle-aged and older adults complain of hip pain. Most people over the age of 40 have some degree of osteoarthritis in the hip joints.. Patients and physicians should not assume that O/A is causing the hip pain, since hip pain is often the result of muscle problems that affect hip joint mechanics.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis involves an advancing loss of cartilage in the joint.
Joint cartilage is a gel-like tissue that protects the bones during movement of the joint. As the protective cartilage wears-away over time, the exposed bone gradually becomes damaged. Early stage O/A is not painful; later stage O/A can be very painful.
Hip Pain from O/A or from Muscles Spasm can be Similar
- Aching hip joints and stiffness
- Difficulty getting in & out of chairs, using stairs
- Pain may be worse early in the morning
- Pain may decrease with light movement
- Pain may get worse from prolonged standing & walking
- Pain may occur at rest
Signs that Hip Pain may be caused by Muscle or Soft Tissue Problems
- Burning pain when putting pressure on the side of the hip in bed
- Burning or deep ache when you press deeply on hip and leg muscles
- Any evidence that one leg is shorter than the other
- Any evidence that one hip is higher than the other
- Low back, sacral, or leg pain along with hip pain
What causes Hip and Pelvic Muscle Spasm?
- Injuries, falls, accidents, lifting heavy objects
- Faulty posture
- Sedentary jobs and lifestyle
- Lack of exercise to muscle groups
- Vigorous, frequent exercise without proper stretching
Can Orthopedic Massage Help People with Hip Osteoarthitis?
When manual therapy succeeds in accomplishing 3 things, the hips move more freely with less pain even when O/A is present.
- Restore hypertonic leg and buttock muscles to normal tone & length
- Balance core supporting pelvic muscles
- Restore adhesive/hard connective tissue around the sacrum
Can Hip Pain from Muscle Spasm be Cured?
When properly evaluated and properly treated this pain can disappear entirely with a few orthopedic massage treatments..
Get Treatment Now for Hip Pain
For the past 20 years, Dr. Joan Sloss, Ed.D. LMT, has treated hip pain and other soft tissue pain problems. Joan is joint owner of the Healing Unleashed holistic medical center located in the Spring Hill West Office building in South Lakewood, and serving metro Denver and Colorado patients. Joan holds a doctorate in Human Movement and has over 2000 hours certified training in physiotherapy including certification in medical massage and certification in wellness.
Dr. Joan Sloss will review your pain problem with you by phone to determine whether or not muscle spasm is present. Full assessment of the problem and effective treatment take place during your appointment for therapy. Call Healing Unleashed at 303.986.0492 now to make your appointment.