Hip pain is a common problem, especially among athletes and older individuals. When hip pain makes it difficult to perform your daily activities, there’s a range of treatment options to consider. For patients seeking lasting relief from hip pain without surgery, shockwave therapy is a viable option, and it’s available at the Rubin Health Center.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
Hip pain can stem from a range of common conditions and injuries, including:
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it occurs when the cartilage that protects the joints wears down over time. This condition can impact any joint, including the hips. Hip osteoarthritis leads to symptoms including pain, tenderness, stiffness, lost range of motion, and inflammation.
Hip flexor tendinitis is an overuse injury that’s common in athletes. When the iliopsoas muscle, which supports the front of the hip joint, is overworked, the tendon that it’s connected to can become inflamed. This can lead to pain, swelling, and tenderness in the hip.
Hip bursitis occurs when the bursae in the hip become inflamed and irritated. The bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that are located in between joints and soft tissues to prevent irritation. Symptoms of hip bursitis include pain, tenderness, and pain that worsens with activity.
Shockwave Therapy for Hip Pain
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that can improve pain and limited mobility. During the treatment, shockwaves, which are sound wave pulsations, are used to transfer energy to the treatment area through a specialized device. These shockwaves are absorbed by the treatment area and stimulate the body’s natural repair and regeneration processes. This can help heal damaged tissue without surgery.
The intense energy spike provided by shockwaves in this therapy can help relieve hip pain by accelerating tissue repair, increasing blood flow to the damaged tissue, and stimulating the growth of new cells. Additionally, for hip pain stemming from tendon damage, shockwave therapy increases collagen production in the body. New collagen fibers increase the density of tendons, making them stronger and more resistant to future injuries.
To learn more about shockwave therapy for hip pain, schedule an appointment at the Rubin Health Center today.