There is no cure for hip osteoarthritis, period.
But the untold news is that the pain and other side effects can be treated while you’re waiting for surgery.
When a person with hip osteoarthritis walks into an orthopedic surgeon’s office, one of the most common outcomes is that the surgeon confirms their diagnosis but tells them they will have to wait for hip replacement surgery until their condition is “bad enough” to justify it. That waiting period can vary depending on the individual, but can range from one to five years, sometimes even more. The reality they face is that everyday activities – even just sitting or standing for long periods – are already painful. They have cut back on their exercise and activities, making weight loss and weight control much more difficult. Unfortunately, the surgeon’s recommendation for relieving the pain is likely to focus on the use of pain medications, both over-the-counter and prescription.
Millions of individuals are facing this right now in the US alone. The great news is that there IS treatment for pain and other effects of hip osteoarthritis. Although there is no cure, the pain can be relieved, the tightness of the hip joint relaxed and overall mobility improved. While waiting for surgery, people can take advantage of this treatment to keep moving, decrease their risk for other problems such as heart disease, obesity and depression, and minimize the need for drugs and painkillers.
Treatment starts with manual therapy, provided by a physical therapist or chiropractor, where the practitioner uses a variety of hands-on techniques to improve hip joint mobility and relax surrounding tissues. This relieves the pain and improves the range of motion of the hip itself. The first and most widely-used of those hands-on techniques is long axis hip traction, and now patients can independently execute this at home with the revolutionary HipTrac, a mobile hip traction device. Regular use of HipTrac relieves the pain, improves mobility and enables patients to exercise, resume many of their activities and be in better physical shape when they go into surgery. Learn more about HipTrac here and from people who have used it.
Hear more from Dr. Tony Rocklin, the physical therapist who invented HipTrac, in this video