March 1, 2023
Hip arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and it can cause severe pain, stiffness, decreased mobility, and ultimately limitation in doing the things that you want, need, and are most important for you to do. While there are multiple treatment options available for hip arthritis, many individuals are seeking natural and wholistic treatments prior in order to avoid side effects associated with medications or significant risks associated with major surgery. Natural options for hip arthritis include exercise, supplements, alternative therapies and lifestyle changes.
The specific and individualized approach at New Life Physical Therapy is an excellent starting point for hip arthritis as it can address root cause of the condition and help to build supporting muscles to the joint which can slow the progression of arthritis and help manage pain with existing arthritis. Finding the right movements and hands-on manual therapy can reduce pain and stiffness, improve joint mobility, and strengthen muscles around the hip and low back. But that’s not all. New Life’s treat the whole-body approach also looks at how you walk and what impact your foot and ankle, knee, and spine may also be having on your hip.
Another natural option for hip arthritis is supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are popular supplements for joint health that may help reduce inflammation and pain. However, research on the effectiveness of these supplements is mixed, and they may not work for everyone.
Alternative therapies like massage and chiropractic care may also be helpful to reduce pain associated with hip arthritis. However, these should be used in conjunction with physical therapy and not as a replacement.
Finally, lifestyle changes are very important. While your grandmother, mother, and aunt all may have had real bad arthritis and you feel you are doomed to follow their fate, that is not necessarily the case. You may have the “genes” making arthritis more likely for you, but your lifestyle choices impact whether the switch for those genes is turned on or off. The foods you eat, how you move your body, how much sleep you get, how you manage stress all build your overall health profile and poor choices can more easily turn switches “on” for arthritis and good choices can promote switches “off” for genetic predispositions like arthritis.
Contact DrMaryRose@newlifept.com to learn more about your options for naturally treating your arthritis or minimizing your risk of developing arthritis in your future.