You can treat the symptoms, if not the disease.
No, you can’t cure hip osteoarthritis. But yes, physical therapy can treat the secondary effects, including pain, tightness of the muscles around the hip joint and increasing loss of mobility. Physical therapy as conservative therapy has a low profile, and many providers – including surgeons and primary care physicians – don’t realize that it can significantly reduce patients’ need for drugs and also increase their mobility, and ability to exercise. Which in turn decreases the possibility of other co-morbidities which often accompany the direct pain and other symptoms of hip osteoarthritis. Here’s Dr. Tony Rocklin, a longtime proponent of conservative treatment, talking about why it matters.