OA can't be cured, but physiotherapy is available to ease symptoms and to slow down the degeneration of the joint. Nonsurgical rehabilitation of hip OA is used to maximize the health of your hip and to prolong the time before any type of surgery is necessary. Recent information shows that your condition may be maintained and in some cases improved.
Physiotherapy plays a critical role in the nonsurgical treatment of hip OA. At Martindale Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic, our primary goal is to help you learn how to control symptoms and maximize the health of your hip. Our physiotherapist will recommend ways to calm pain and symptoms, which might include the use of rest, heat, or topical rubs.
We may have you use a cane or walker to ease pressure when walking. Our physiotherapist will use range-of-motion and stretching exercises to improve your hip motion. You will be shown strengthening exercises for the hip to steady the joint and protect it from shock and stress. Our therapist can suggest tips for getting your tasks done with less strain on the joint.
Although the time required for recovery is different for every patient, you will probably progress to a home program within two to four weeks.
In cases of advanced OA where surgery is called for, you may see our physiotherapist before surgery to discuss exercises, special precautions to be followed just after surgery, and to practice walking with crutches or a walker
When you begin your Martindale Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic post-surgical rehabilitation, our physiotherapist will develop a personalized program of exercises to improve your muscle tone and strength in your hip and thigh muscles and to help prevent the formation of blood clots. Our physiotherapist will also make recommendations about your safety, review special hip precautions and make sure you are placing a safe amount of weight on your foot when standing or walking.
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A few additional visits to our outpatient physiotherapy facility may be needed for patients who continue having problems walking or who need to get back to physically heavy work or activities.
Our goal is to help you maximize hip strength, restore a normal walking pattern, and do your activities without risking further injury to your hip. When your recovery is well under way, your regular visits to Martindale Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic will end. Although we will continue to be a resource, you will be in charge of doing your exercises as part of an ongoing home program.
Martindale Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic provides services for physiotherapy in St. Catharines.