Traditionally, I have recommended at least six weeks of physical therapy for patients with hip osteoarthritis. A 2014 study in JAMA out of Australia found that physical therapy for hip arthritis was no better than a placebo. The article concluded that physical therapy doesn’t usually help arthritis of the hip.

Physical therapy tends to be more useful with people who aren’t physically active.

For some people, physical therapy may not be recommended at all. Physical therapy could make someone with hip osteoarthritis and a labral tear worse.

Visit your orthopaedic surgeon for next steps based on your specific diagnosis.

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