Question:

My right hip is starting to give out on me –  I had this problem about 5 yrs ago but had right knee replaced and the hip problem stopped. If possible I would like some exercises to strengthen my hip.

Answer:

I’m sorry to hear that you are having symptoms at your hip. I am not able to comment on your specific situation without a thorough evaluation. However, I can provide you with some general information that you may find helpful.

The sensation of the hip giving out can arise from a variety of causes. Structural changes in the joint, pain itself, or muscle weakness can contribute to the feeling of “giving out”. It is also possible that the low back or knee can be the source of “giving way” at the hip.

A thorough physical therapy examination will benefit you in this situation. There are many possible structures, as mentioned above, that could be contributing to this feeling of giving out at your hip and it would be important to know what is causing the feeling of giving way prior to prescribing exercises. A physical therapist would be able to thoroughly assess the source of this by evaluating the hip joint, the surrounding muscles, and the joints above and below the hip at the low back and knee. They will then work with you to build a program that may include exercise and hands on treatment.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.