Video: What Helps and What Worsens Hip Arthritis Pain?

Video presented by Ana Bracilovic, MD

This video accompanies the article: Hip Pain and Arthritis


Video Transcript

There are several common options for treating hip arthritis. Among them, first usually what we recommend is physical therapy – a good regimented physical therapy program. This includes strengthening the muscles of the core, strengthening the hip flexor muscles, your hip extensors, improving your biomechanics, and improving the way you are balanced so that you minimize the pressure that’s on the joints and rather, make the muscles do the work.

What Activities Make the Pain from Hip Arthritis Worse?

There are certain types of activities that can make the pain from hip arthritis worse or better. Specifically, internal rotation and external rotation of the hip such as bending over, lying down on a bed – and actually lying down on a bed makes the toes spread out and increases the external rotation of the hip, and this can be painful if a patient has arthritis – prolonged inactivity can be painful, and going up and down stairs can also instigate the pain.

What Activities Make the Pain from Hip Arthritis Better?

There are certain activities that can make the pain from hip arthritis better. More specifically, gentle types of exercise that allow weight bearing and encourage fluid to come back to the hip joint tend to improve hip pain from arthritis. Rest, initially, also tends to be helpful in relieving the pressure that is on the joints.

Video presented by Ana Bracilovic, MD