“How to Put an End to Hip Pain and Stiffness - Without Taking Painkillers, Without Risking Surgery and Without Having to Wait to See the Doctor!”
If you’ve got hip pain, stiffness or an achiness, it’s very tempting to think that it’s nothing or that it will go away on its own. Maybe you stood, walked, jogged or lifted more than normal. Or, you may just pass it off as having “irritated your knee”, or told yourself that it’s just “stiffness” that everyone your age suffers from ... or anyone who is active.
Too often, hip pain is seen as something that happens as we age … it’s just inevitable. It is very possible your dad or an aunt complained of “stiff” and “achy” hips and were often found nursing a hot pack or cold pack while you were growing up. Just because hip pain might be common doesn’t mean it’s normal or can’t be fixed. Slowly, as we avoid things that hurt or cause problems, we lose our mobility. Many times, the fear of making things worse makes us not act at all. This is normal, but unfortunate.
In some cases, hip pain is coming from your back. Imagine doing all the hip exercises on YouTube and it turns out it’s your back that’s giving you pain??? This is similar to experiencing shoulder pain when having a heart attack. Only a hip specialist can often figure these complex problems and know how to treat it correctly.
Or, you could have problems in a couple of areas! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t figure it out alone! The good news is that with the proper care from a specialist in back, hips and knees, we can evaluate and set you on the right course of care!
Most people comment that there’s no obvious reason why it happened and/or that it doesn’t seem to be improving like it did in the past. “I just moved quickly and then it started”, “I was pivoting on it during tennis or playing basketball with the kids,” or, “I just woke up really stiff and it never got better.”
If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone. We hear this type of thing all the time. In fact, hip problems are one of THE most common problems that we see in our physical therapy clinic in Paramus, New Jersey.
And when it comes to hip pain, everybody we see wants to know...
“Why is This Happening to me?”
“I’m Really Feeling Old and Just Haven’t Been Able to Exercise Like I Used to Because it Always Makes My Hip Pain Worse!”
“Why Am I Still Suffering With Hip Pain After Putting Up With it For SIX Months (Maybe More)?”
Many people have told me they had forgotten what it was like living without having pain, stiffness or achiness. Interestingly, as people take care of the problem, they often can’t believe how much they are limited and how much better they can move. You should not assume that it can’t change just because it has been there for awhile.
Most people think that when they get hip pain, it’s just going to go away on its own. It may, but as you rest (often way too long), it causes weakness to develop. Over the years, it gets harder to do simple things like walk the dog, sit too long or even stand to watch your kid’s soccer game.
Many believe that they’ll wake up one morning and like “magic”, it’ll be as if the hip pain never happened. Then - 6 months later - you’re still living with hip pain, often even worse than it was when it came on. By taking pills and resting, we merely hide the root cause of most conditions. It is hard to imagine that a movement - whether it be stretching or strengthening, or both - is the solution!
Does That Sound Like You?
Another scenario we see all the time in our physical therapy clinic is when people go to the doctor’s office, and the doctor tells them to “rest and try these painkillers or anti-inflammatories (like Celebrex, Mobic) and see how it goes.” The doctor may even give you a couple exercises for hip pain that make you feel worse ...
This is rarely ever the best advice. Often, 6 weeks later, they end up going to the same doctor again because their hip pain hasn’t gotten any better. Worse, they’re often given yet another prescription of even STRONGER pills, and advised MORE rest. This is absolute madness and explains why so many people aged 30-60 years old are suffering with chronic hip pain. I respect doctors, but I feel everyone has a specialty. Physical therapists don’t treat your respiratory issues and your primary doctor shouldn’t treat your hip problems!
You may ask yourself why you should believe your hip pain is going to change after seeing an MRI showing torn cartilage or an X Ray that shows arthritis in your knee … which can’t be further from the truth! Many people have these same changes on an MRI and X Ray and don’t have pain. In the clinic, one of my mantras is: “You can’t treat an MRI.” These incredible images capture many things, but not the whole picture.
Has This Type of Thing Happened to You?
Why else does hip pain last longer than it should? Well, it’s easy to get confused because you’ve been told many different things by different people. There’s lots of people out there who are happy to dispense advice, but keep in mind that not all of it is credible.
“Use this ‘miracle’ cream” ... “Take this ‘magic’ pill” ... “Use this ‘fancy’ brace” …
All may be helpful in the short term but never get to the origin of the problem. While you do these things, you slowly get tighter and lose strength pretending that it will go away. Over time, you gradually do less and the good habits or activities like going to the gym or just playing with your kids become less and less frequent.
Maybe you think your hip pain was caused by doing something - like squatting or an old sports injury - but really it was caused by years and years of not listening to the signs of a problem until you became weak and maybe gained a few pounds because you can’t exercise over a period of days ... then months ... then years. This cycle just REPEATS. Then you go for a hike with your family and you start having hip pain again that doesn’t stop with rest. This is simply a case of the “straw that broke the camel’s back”’ from years of hoping it would just go away.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, hip pain can be very confusing, and because of this, many people just end up accepting it as “part of life” - as if it’s normal and “just the way it is.”
Slowly you LIMIT or STOP the activities you love like golf, tennis, bootcamp classes or squatting down to lift up your kids because everything seems to make it worse. Over time, your body deconditions out of fear of making things worse and not believing you have options. Gradually, you become deconditioned, feel stiffer and stop doing more and more things you enjoy in life ...
Do You Feel That Way Too?
If You’re Currently Living With Hip Pain, Here’s 7 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than it Should:
If any of these have happened to you, we would love to help by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our physical therapists to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work, you are closer to finding the thing that does!
Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complementary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next for the best possible outcome. We always focus on how we can help you make the best healthcare decision for you!
What can I do to get rid Of My hIP pAIN Quickly?...
Well, here's 4 things you can do:
If you would like to know how the physical therapy team at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation can help you live your life with less hip pain, we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, zero risk appointment at our clinic. Talk to our hip specialists to better understand your options.
Note: The Discovery Session is something that we offer to people who are very nervous or skeptical about physical therapy, unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a Discovery Session so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done - without any financial risk on your part.
So the next question is:
“How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at The Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation Help You Get Rid of Your hIP Pain - In The Next Few Days?”
Here’s just a few of the things our physical therapy team can do for you:
Basically, we can help you get back to living life free from a recent episode or long standing hip pain. Pain is NOT a lifestyle you should accept.
If you want to know what it costs and what availability we have at our physical therapy clinic, Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation, then please just click the button below and complete the short form:
“Hear From Happy Patients of The Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation”
Please enjoy watching stories of other people with hip pain just like you who came to see the physical therapy team at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation - and left much healthier and happier:
60's Ridgewood, NJ
"I was in a pedestrian accident back eight in April and broke my leg. Immediately I liked the vibe of the place. The atmosphere is very welcoming. My goal was to make sure I was going to walk those Sandy beaches in Myrtle beach in August. And I am really happy to say that my vacation was awesome.
40's Teaneck, NJ
"From the moment you walk in the door between Kathy greeting you and Tom's assistance, helping you out and getting everything done, you're home. You're with a family. They're taking care of you. As a mom, it made me feel safe knowing my son was getting the absolute best care in the absolute best way possible."
50'S Wyckoff, NJ
"I've been coming to apex for about a year and a half now. My mobility is pretty much a hundred percent, pain is all gone. The good thing about Tom is he doesn't really rush you through the procedures. e really seems to know what's going on with the joints."