Hip pain can be traced back to a number of issues, but the most common are old injuries and deterioration of the joint. If you’re struggling with hip pain, it might feel like surgery is your only option. However, conservative treatments like physical therapy and massage can be used to promote healing, alleviate pain, and keep you mobile.
At The Spine and Sports Center at The Galleria in Houston, Sugar Land, and the Willowbrook/Cy-Fair area of Texas, Dr. Benoy Benny provides help for patients with hip pain caused by a variety of conditions.
Common causes of hip pain
Our hip is the largest ball-in-socket joint in our body, which allows for a wide range of fluid movements. While the hip bears a lot of stress and weight, though, it’s not indestructible. Injuries, wear-and-tear, and conditions like arthritis can cause inflammation and pain.
Common causes of hip pain include:
- Hip fractures, usually caused by osteoporosis
- Damage caused by wear-and-tear (osteoarthritis)
- Previous trauma to the joint (traumatic arthritis)
- Damaged caused by an immune response (rheumatoid arthritis)
- Inflammation of the bursae (trochanteric bursitis)
Osteoarthritis and bursitis are the leading causes of hip pain. While surgery is an option in severe cases, many doctors recommend conservative treatments to start. These include:
- Physical therapy
- Regenerative medicine
- Massage therapy
- Pain relief medications
- Hot/cold therapy
- Strengthening exercises
- Lifestyle changes
How massage therapy can help
Massage therapy might not be your first choice of treatment, and it shouldn’t serve as your primary treatment for hip issues. However, it can be an invaluable tool in relieving inflammation and pain. Targeted, therapeutic massages have two primary benefits: stimulation and relaxation.
By stimulating the tendons, muscles, and blood vessels with a deep tissue massage, you’re encouraging blood flow to the area. This improves blood circulation, alleviates inflammation, and reduces pain.
Massages can also relax you, which improves your mental wellbeing and quality of rest. Hip pain can be debilitating, isolating, and exhausting. Having a massage can help you rest more easily, which can help relieve fatigue.
As mentioned above, you should always seek out other treatments in tandem with massage therapy. However, you shouldn’t dismiss massage therapy entirely. When it comes to pain management, every bit helps.
Interested in learning more about massage therapy and hip pain? Get in touch with the experts at The Spine and Sports Center by calling the location closest to you, or book an appointment online.