Osteoarthritis in the knee and hip areas can be a very painful injury, and one that is often a chronic condition if left untreated. Physical therapy and chiropractic care for hip osteoarthritis and knee osteoarthritis can be very helpful for patients who have been unable to find relief from the pain in any other way.
Signs of hip osteoarthritis and knee osteoarthritis include an increasing level of pain in the hip area that may extend into the groin area, pain shooting down the thighs, and pain in the knee joints. It is not uncommon for the knees to be the first place the pain is felt, and some patients may not notice the hip pain until later. The pain often increases when the weather is colder, or when the patient is engaged in physical activity like jogging or walking.
Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Treatment
Chiropractors use very gentle spinal adjustments to place the spinal column in proper alignment, which has a positive effect on the hip joints that are connected to the spine. Physical therapy treatment includes stretching, massage, and strengthening the muscles around the arthritic joint to take pressure off the joint. While hip and knee osteoarthritis is not curable at this time, it is very much manageable with the help of chiropractic and physical therapy care.