When healthy, our hips function like a well-tuned luxury car, sleek, sturdy and withstand heavy use and repetitive stress.
They are built to absorb the shocks and jolts of daily life. Over time, however, those “shock absorbers” start to wear down or become damaged. Playing high-impact sports, repetitive activities such as running or even just aging, all take a toll on our hips.
For seniors, hip issues are common as the cushioning cartridge becomes brittle and less elastic. At the Magaziner Center, we have helped countless patients regain more normal hip function using holistic, whole-body approaches that don’t involve risky drugs. Here are three painful hip problems we’ve had great success treating.
- Osteoarthritis of the hip: A degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and most often occurs in weight-bearing joints, such as the hips. Characterized by the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, it results in pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion.
- Labral tear: The hip labrum is similar to a gasket or seal, keeping the femur, or thigh bone, in place. It can become damaged due to repetitive stress activities, trauma or a structural abnormality in the hip, causing pain in the hip or groin and reduced range of motion.
- Bursitis: A swelling or inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sack that functions as a shock absorber, and reduces friction between the tissue in joints such as the hips, as well as the knees, elbows and shoulders. Symptoms include pain on the outer side of the hip that may get worse when moving to a standing position or sitting for a long time and pain that worsens after repetitive hip movements, such as jogging, climbing stairs or walking.
How they treat it
Conventional practitioners typically start patients on NSAIDs or other anti-inflammatories as a first course of action. These medications, such as Advil, Motrin or acetaminophen, while easy to buy, even in giant containers, are often the cause of other serious conditions down the road such as liver and kidney failure and stomach ulcers causing GI bleeding and even heart damage.
How we treat it
The treatments we use include prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), cellular regenerative therapies, osteopathic manipulative therapy and diet and nutritional supplements, all with the goal of accelerating and enhancing the body’s natural healing process. Many of our patients have already been through the gamut of traditional medicine with no real results and are finally getting relief for the first time after receiving treatment at the Magaziner Center.Learn more about prolotherapy Learn more about regenerative medicine