Currently millions of Canadians suffer from some level of hip osteoarthritis. There are many signs and symptoms including loss of mobility, pain, weakness, loss of balance, de-conditioning, inability to exercise, increased pressure and pain in surrounding joints including lower back and knees, and an overall loss of normal daily function. Hip osteoarthritis is progressive throughout one’s life and oftentimes leads to a total hip replacement surgery. It is in the best interest of the individual to wait as long as possible before having this surgery. Reasons for delaying surgery include avoiding risks generally associated with surgery, advances in surgical technique and prosthetic implants, and trying to avoid the necessary revision surgery after 15-20 years.
The old model of treatment prior to surgery included taking narcotic and NSAID medications, trying to lose weight, using a cane, and waiting for it to become too painful to tolerate. There are newer, more advanced conservative treatments available today that combine manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and home hip traction to target the signs and symptoms more specifically while reducing the need for medications.Free Download: Hip Osteoarthritis Treatment Whitepaper