WHAT IS HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Osteoarthritis of the hip, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a chronic disease of the joint cartilage and bone that causes joint inflammation and hip pain. It is often thought to result from "wear and tear" on a joint. Joints appear larger, are stiff and painful, and usually feel worse with increased use throughout the day. Most patients feel pain and limitations in movement when using the joint. Approximately 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with this condition.
COMMON CAUSES OF HIP ARTHRITIS
Anybody can develop osteoarthritis of the hip, but patients who have a family history of the condition are more at risk. Older people or those who are obese are also more at risk for developing osteoarthritis; however, traumatic incidents can put any one at risk.
Doctors diagnose a patient with osteoarthritis of the hip after performing certain tests, including checking for pain when the hips are in certain positions and examining X-rays of the hips to assess the condition of hip joints.
Patients who are in the early stages of osteoarthritis of the hip can take certain measures to prevent the disease from progressing further, such as: avoiding overuse of the hip, gentle exercise to help improve hip strength and, for patients who are overweight, weight loss.
HIP PAIN TREATMENTS
While it is not possible to cure osteoarthritis or reverse its effects once in the very late stages of the condition. It is possible to manage it and slow the progression of this disease.
The Class IV LiteCure Deep Tissue Laser (aka Cold Laser) is at the heart of our treatment program. It provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for managing pain and restoring range of motion for degenerative hip problems. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments.
The doctors at Art of Health Chiropractic combine the laser treatment with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function.
Dr. Callie Gant and Dr. Michael Buczynski founded Art of Health Chiropractic with the goal of creating a happier, healthier Nashville. Feel free to call the office at 615-953-7544 with any questions or to schedule your first appointment.