Hip

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The hip is a ball and socket joint involving the pelvis and femur (upper leg bone.) Due to the structure of the joint as well as muscle and ligamentous support, the hip is a very sturdy and strong joint.  As a ball and socket joint, the hip has a wide range of joint motions.   This motion allows for us to walk, run, sit and twist.  Due to the significant joint motion and stresses placed upon the hip joint, it is also a common are for musculoskeletal injury.

Hip Arthritis

The hip joint is a common site for arthritic conditions.  Due to the wear and tear on the hip as well as significant joint surfaces that come in contact, the cartilage within the hip is frequently inured.  At times this irritation can be controlled through conservative measures such as physical therapy.  Your therapist will assess any structures associated with the hip joint that may be adding to the stress placed on the joint.   At times, soft tissue restriction can prevent joint motion and further irritate an inflamed joint.  Your therapist will devise an appropriate treatment plan to not only reduce stresses placed on joint but also restore joint motion and get you back to your prior level of activity.  All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

***For more information please see our article titled “Total Hip Arthroplasty; Anterior Approach vs. Posterior Approach” written by David Wallinger

Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is classified as a break in the upper portion of the femur (thigh bone.)  Hip fractures most commonly occur from a fall or direct blow to the side of the hip.  There are a number of factors that contribute to the frequency of hip fractures.   Some medical conditions such as osteoporosis or osteopenia, cancer or stress injuries can weaken the bone.   In severe conditions, fractures can occur simply through twisting or standing.  Most hip fractures require a surgical intervention to align bones and stabilize the fracture.  Following surgery, most patients are able to weight bear immediately (either partial or full.)  This helps for bone growth and to maintain muscle strength.  Most conditions require extensive physical therapy to restore strength, motion and ambulatory function.  Through a thorough evaluation, your therapist will assess your deficits and devise a treatment plan including manual interventions, gait training as well as appropriate exercise prescription.  Our goal will be to return you to your prior level of pain free activity.  All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

Hip Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis (hip bursitis) is a common condition caused by irritation and inflammation of the bursa along the outside of the hip.  The bursa is a fluid filled pouch that generally sits along bony prominences allowing structures to move across the area without irritation.  In the case of the trochanteric bursa, the primary structure crossing over the greater trochanter of the hip is the iliotibial band (running from the pelvis to the outside of the knee.)  Symptoms will include pain with pressure along the outside of the hip, pain ascending or descending stairs as well as inability to lie on the involved side.  There are several mechanisms behind trochanteric bursitis.  It is key to accurately assess the cause in order to treat the injury and prevent re-occurrence.  Frequently the injury is caused by a direct blow to the outside of the hip or lying on the side for an extended period of time.  Other causes include soft tissue restriction, weakness in the hip or leg or post-surgical tissue changes.  Your physical therapist will perform a full assessment of the underlying mechanism behind the injury and devise a treatment plan targeting any underlying issues.   All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

*** For more information please see our article on Bursitis written by Lori Heuberger, in our publications.

Hip Labral Tear

The hip labrum is a ring of cartilage the sits along the acetabulum (socket in the pelvis where femur attaches) to provide cushion and support to the joint.  Due to the significant motion of the hip as well as stresses placed on the joint, the labrum is a common site of injury.  Athletes participating in sports that require extensive hip rotation, including football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey and ballet, are at higher risk of developing labral tears.  Some labral tears will remain asymptomatic (no symptoms) while others can result in considerable pain in the hip or groin, with a sensation of locking, clicking, catching, or limited hip motion.   Many labral tears can be treated conservatively and will resolve over time.  Your physical therapist will assess any deficits and work to uncover any musculoskeletal issues associated with the labral tear.  Frequently manual interventions are employed, designed to restore range of motion as well as reduce any muscle spasm or hypertonicity present.  Unfortunately, some conditions will require surgical intervention followed by physical therapy.   We will work hand in hand with your surgeon to ensure your surgery is a success.  Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your condition and devise a treatment plan to best address your symptoms.   All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

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