Physiotherapy for Hip Osteoarthritis


Hip osteoarthritis can affect your daily activities and your quality of life. Physiotherapy can help you decrease your hip osteoarthritis symptoms; improve your joint range of motion and muscle strength; and improve your quality of life.

The physiotherapy treatments that you will receive depends on your specific problems and goals, which may include a combination of any of the following
  • Cold therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities (e.g. ultrasound, TENS)
  • Joint mobilization
  • Stretching
  • Physiotherapy exercises
    • Range of motion (ROM) exercises
    • Stretching exercises
    • Conditioning exercises
    • Strengthening exercises
  • Recommend use of walking device (e.g. cane or walker)
  • Gait or walking training
  • Patient education
    • About hip osteoarthritis
    • Precautions to observe
    • Injury prevention
    • Activity modification
  • Aquatic physiotherapy

Your physiotherapist may also teach you how to manage your symptoms when your get home. In addition, your physiotherapist may provide you with a list of home exercises that you can do at the comfort of your home as a part of your home management and exercise program.

Don’t hesitate to ask your physiotherapist about questions that you might have about hip osteoarthritis and what appropriate exercises that you can safely do.

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