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When it comes to hip pain that keeps someone from walking without a limp or walking up or down the stairs, it is unfortunately a common occurrence.

In turn, hip pain affects your ability to keep up with friends and family, play tennis, golf or any other sport or exercise routine you would normally enjoy. It can even affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Fortunately though, the good news is that most hip pain can be resolved without pills, shots or surgery.

The most common type of hip pain occurs at age 55 and over and is usually due to tightness and or weakness of the muscles surrounding the hip joint. In addition, the tissue that connects the ball of the hip joint to the socket, called the joint capsule, can also become tight. This can limit the motion at the hip as well.

Eventually, tightness of the hip muscles and hip joint capsule leads to weakness of the muscles surrounding the hip. Hip pain that develops at or after the age of 55 that is not due to a specific injury to the hip, is usually the result of muscle imbalances, prolonged sitting and/or the development of hip joint arthritis.

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Muscle and or joint capsular tightness and weakness cause increase compression at the hip joint, which irritates the surfaces of the hip joint causing hip pain, which in turn stops you from doing the everyday things you need, want and love to do.

Thankfully, there is a fix for this type of hip pain that most often does not require surgery, shots or pills. Most often, if an expert physical therapist works with you to stretch out the tight hip joint capsule and tight muscles around your hip, restoring the range of motion to your hip—in addition to showing you how to strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip—then the hip pain will resolve and you will get back to walking without a limp, walking the stairs, exercising and doing every day things you did prior to hip pain.

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If you would like to get back to living your life the way you did before you started worrying about your hip pain or decreased activity level, then please do one of the following:

  • Call 717-245-0400 to schedule a one-on-one, free screen with one of our hip experts so that they can listen to the issues you are having and tell you how they can best help you.
  • Call to schedule a free phone consultation with one of our hip experts if you prefer to chat on the phone versus face to face, so we can listen to the issues you are having and tell you the next best step.
  • Email me at smiller@cardinmillerpt.com if you would rather connect that way first to ask me some questions and chat with me about your hip issues, so I can make recommendations about what to do next.

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Steve Miller is the owner of Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy and can be reached by email at smiller@cardinmillerpt.com. His column will appear bi-monthly in the Thrive section of the Sentinel and on Cumberlink.com.

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