Osteo Arthritis of the Hip
Arthritis is the result of the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint being worn away so there is increase friction between the bones. The main causes are extensive overuse of the joint and aging. Symptoms include stiffness in the groin, buttock and thigh when waking up, pain that flares during activity and is relieved during rest.
Physical therapy will engage the patient in gentle exercises to keep the joint functioning and to improve strength as well as range of motion.