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More Hip Injury Facts:

The hip joint (scientifically known as the acetabulofemoral joint) is a special type of 'ball-and-socket' joint. Its primary function is to support the weight of the body when at rest or while in motion.


Many patients with Hip Pain are actually diagnosed as suffering from Sciatica. Many of our past client have found success in their treatments by incorporating the use of a Hip/Back T•Shellz Wrap in their conservative treatment plan.


The majority of chronic hip problems are a result of aging, disease (such as arthritis) and fractures.


A Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the hip joint with an artifical joint. Many MendMyHip customers have sped up their post-surgery recovery time with our therapeutic tools.


Bursitis of the Hip (trochanteric bursitis) is so painful, many sufferers rely on a wheelchar for mobility. Hip Bursitis is a condition that typically responds well to conservative treatments.


The most common injury in the hip is snapping hip syndrome due to a tight illotibial band. This syndrome responds very well to deep heat treatments.


Hip Dislocations are very serious but uncommon injuries that occasionally can occur (usually from a traumatic event). If you suspect you have a dislocated hip, please seek medical attention immediately.

 


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Piriformis Syndrome


Piriformis syndrome is a condition that causes the sciatic nerve to be irritated or compressed by the piriformis muscle. It is a deep muscle in the buttocks that is primarily responsible for rotating the leg outwards. It can irritate the sciatic nerve because of stiffness, tightness, overuse or strain of the piriformis muscle, or as a result of the mechanics or structure of the piriformis area.

Piriformis Syndrome is inflammation in the piriformis muscle which causes irritation and compression of the sciatic nerve.

In most people, the sciatic nerve passes underneath the piriformis muscle so damage to the piriformis can potentially cause symptoms in the sciatic nerve. A small amount of the population has their sciatic nerve pass through, or split, the piriformis muscle.

The piriformis muscle originates on the anterior surface of the sacrum (tail bone) and sacrotuberous ligament and passes through the greater sciatic foramen. It inserts on the outer side of greater trochanter at the top of leg bone.

Symptoms

  • Pain, tingling or numbness that radiates through the lower back, buttocks, and down the back of the leg possibly as far as the foot
  • Pain starts slowly and worsens after standing, sitting, bending backward, walking or sleeping at night
  • Difficulty walking, bending and or sitting
  • Weakened muscles in the hip and/or leg
 

Risks and Causes of Piriformis Syndrome

  • Short leg syndrome
  • Wearing high heels
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor posture
  • A sharp blow or injury to the lower back or buttock area causing injury to the pelvis
  • Overcompensating for other injuries in the knee (ACL injury), lower leg (shin splints), ankle (sprain) or hip (bursitis)
  • Having tight hip flexors
  • Running, cycling or other activities that require repetitive forward leg motions

Treating Piriformis Syndrome

Your doctor will do a physical examination and may order an MRI and/or other tests to determine your diagnosis. An MRI will be able to identify if the piriformis muscle is irritated or inflamed and if it is acting on the sciatic nerve.

It is important to rule out that a herniated disc is not causing compression on the sciatic nerve. Your doctor may do some range of motion exercises, or assess your gait (how you walk). Your doctor will determine if certain medications may be appropriate and if physical therapy is required.

Treating the pain of piriformis syndrome can be helpful to manage the pain but treating the source of the compression will result in faster sciatica relief.


T•Shellz Wrap - Deep Tissue Therapy for Piriformis Syndrome

Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy (via a T•Shellz Wrap), should be used over your lumbar region and lower back to improve blood flow and nourish soft tissue. Your body needs a fresh supply of blood to improve the health of your tissue and treat the muscle strain or irritation to relieve the compression of your sciatic nerve.

Back/Hip T•Shellz Wrap keeps muscle tissue healthy, reducing sciatica pain

Unfortunately, when you are suffering from piriformis syndrome, it can be painful to even walk or lift your leg. When you limit movement in your hip the blood flow is reduced, starving your tissue of the necessary oxygen and nutrients.

The trick is to find a way to increase blood flow to your piriformis muscle without causing pain and/or further inflaming the muscle or discs. This is where (via a T•Shellz Wrap), becomes a powerful tool.

Deep Tissue Therapy compliments your body's natural healing process by promoting blood flow without the need for rigorous exercise - this gives injured soft tissue the rest it needs to start the healing process.

The Hip/Back T•Shellz Wrap is designed to generate the same energy that is part of the sun's spectrum of light, the same energy that is necessary to all living things for optimum health. The energy emitted from the Energy Pad stimulates blood flow to your lower back muscles and hip, more than your body would ever be able to generate on it's own, giving your body the boost it needs to keep your piriformis muscle as healthy as possible and reduce the risk of irritation and inflammation. The soothing energy reaches deep into your body to whisk away the toxins and dead cells, and rejuvenate your muscle tissues for improved elasticity.

Cold Therapy for Inflammation Induced Piriformis Syndrome

If you are experiencing referred pain above the knee or in your lower leg caused by the compression of your sciatic nerve, a cold compress can be quite helpful in cases where nerve pressure is caused by inflammation. The cooling sensation along with the compression can help to numb the nerves to help alleviate the pain. However, it is important to treat it at the point where pressure is being put on the nerve, which is not necessarily the same place as where the pain is noticed. The term for an injury indicating pain elsewhere in the body is termed as "referred pain", and is somewhat common when dealing with nerve-based pain.


When to Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to Treat Your Hip

Cold compression works best to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation for new injuries, re-injury and during immediate post surgery recovery. Cold therapy should also be used during the first 24 - 72 hours of treatment, combined with resting your injury.

If you've been suffering for some time with a chronic hip cuff injury you should only use cold after activity causes you more pain or triggers more inflammatory response symptoms (red, hot, inflamed, swollen).. This would be when your hip, outer thigh or lower back starts to hurt at the end of the day after you've been on your feet throughout the day. When used at this time cold compression becomes a natural / organic pain reliever, targeting the localized site where you feel the pain.

Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use cold? Too much cold therapy can reduce your ability to heal correctly, because cold is a short term pain reliever, not a deep tissue healer.

Cold Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.

 

This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue, so cells begin to break-down. Without cold therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continue as cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your hip, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is an important step to heal muscle or tendon injuries faster and with less pain!


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How Do You Use a T•Shellz Wrap (Heat) to Heal a Soft Tissue Injury in Your Hip?


Heat should be used for older, chronic injuries or when your hip/leg feels stiff and strained.

HEAT (warmth) is used after you've reduced your swelling / inflammation and the sharp pain is less intense (you have more of a dull / nagging ache and soft tissue tightness in your hip). Warming up deep tissue is a natural way to encourage healing of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Increasing the temperature of this deep tissue will result in increased blood flow circulation as the body sends more blood there to attempt to remove this same heat. It's the blood in your body that will bring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your injured hip to help with healing.

When heat is applied to deep tissue in the hip, veins will start to get bigger (expand) to allow more blood flow through to your damaged or torn soft tissue. This in turn relaxes your hip, making the tissue more flexible and elastic. This is why heat is used on older (chronic) injuries, to loosen tissue and bring in the blood flow needed for healing. Your body will begin to heal itself after it is injured - increasing your blood flow with heat will speed up this natural process - often surprisingly well.

Doctors usually call this process 'Vasodilation'.


Heat can Make Inflammation, Swelling and Newer Injuries Worse - How?

When we injure ourselves, we start healing right away. The body will naturally raise the temperature at the site of the injury resulting in the inflammatory response (redness, heat sensation, inflammation and swelling). This 'fake fever' leaks blood flow to the area to cool it down and start the healing process.

Adding 'heat' to your hip when it's already inflamed and tender may make your body think there's a new threat to your tissue and increase the pain in order to get you to stop. For some people applying heat on inflamed / swollen tissue will cause the injury to swell-up even more (as much as 3 times larger than normal). You'll feel even more pain as the pressure builds in your hip.

Heat is NOT a good treatment method for inflamed soft tissue, new injuries (within the first 24 to 72 hours), right after surgery or right after a re-injury (over-use and/or sharp, throbbing pain). In these cases, heat should be applied later on in the healing cycle. In the meantime, use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to decrease any inflammation induced pain.

 

When To Use Heat to Treat Your Injured Hip

A T•Shellz Wrap temperature treatment works best to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate healing for older (chronic) injuries, re-injury (after swelling has been reduced) and during long-term post surgery recovery. Warmer temperatures should be used approximately 3 to 5 days after you first have the injury. Heat should not be started for a least 2 weeks after surgery because inflammation levels will be very high as the healing process starts over again. Any use of heat should also be combined with gradual movement to stretch out your hip and increase range of motion.

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If you have a chronic hip injury that keeps getting re-injured you should use heat before activity to loosen up your tissue (making it more flexible). When used at this time the warm temperatures naturally extend the elasticity (elastic-nature) of the joint, making it more movable / pliable for activity.

Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use heat? Using heat in the morning before you start your day or before activity can help to boost the healing process and reduce your risk of re-injury. Too much heat (especially when you suffer a set-back with swelling / inflammation) can make your inflammation worse. Cold treatments with a Cold Compress or Ice Pack should be used part-way through your day when you suffer from on-going pain and inflammation as a natural pain-reliever.


Keep using Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy before activity and when you notice any stiffness in your hip to 'warm up' your muscles, tendons & ligaments - and stimulate healing.

 

Using heat is a good long-term plan because it will continuously assist in your body's healing process. It can also be used on a preventive basis to relax constricted soft tissue. We use warm temperatures / heat to speed up the process of baking something in the oven or melting the snow outside, your injury is no different. Heat will speed up the natural healing rate in your hip by increasing your blood flow circulation. This in turn brings all the components your tissue needs to heal - oxygen, nutrients, anti-bodies and energy.

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The goal of this web page is to give people the information they need to use simple, effective, natural treatments like ice and heat to heal their injury.

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We can give you the information you need to understand how to use temperature therapy (at home) to relieve your hip pain and heal your hip. If you want to discuss options with one of our trained MendMyHip Advisers call our office toll-free at 1-866-237-9608 or Internationally at +1-705-532-1671.

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We all want to begin healing as quickly as possible and with the right information, it can happen sooner than you think. It has for thousands of others who took the time to contact us).

You can be assured we will do our best to answer any question or concern you have. Living with hip pain is never easy and we can help to provide answers about prevention, causes, treatment options, and ways to manage your injury for the short and long term.

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How to Use Consistent Deep Hip Stretching for Improved Hip Flexibility & Health


Stretch your hip to boost healing.

For many people, the treatment won't just end there. Stretching is also an important part of of deep hip healing - and it's the final step needed when healing your injury with conservative treatment methods.

You would be surprised by how many people there are that don't understand the importance of stretching a deep tissue hip injury. Before returning to full activity after a hip injury, physical therapists prescribe gentle stretching of the affected area... This is because stretching an important part in recovery from any soft tissue injury. Consistent stretching is one of few solutions available to break up scar tissue that forms on your hip as it heals.

Warming up deep tissue via the use of a Back/Hip T•Shellz Wrap before stretching is one of the best ways to minimize the risk of re-injury!



Stretching your hip is even more powerful
when combined with:

  • A Deep Tissue Therapeutic T•Shellz Wrap to increase elasticity of tissue and stimulate blood flow in the injured hip before stretching.
  • A Cold Compress or Ice Pack to reduce pain and inflammation in the affected tissue after stretching.
 

There is a Unique Formula used for Recovery from Hip Pain...

We're going to let you in on a key piece of information... In every physical therapy appointment your physical therapist will use conservative treatments, massage, manual manipulation and/or stretching exercises to give you this Professional 3-Step Treatment Formula:


Step 1 - Warm Up Your Hip

For this 1st step many physical therapists will use heat, manual manipulation, deep tissue massage, clinical ultrasound devices or a warm bath to warm up your hip. The goal during this first step is to increase healthy blood flow circulation and relax your affected hip.

'Warming up' your hip will increase the elastic-nature of your hip fibers making it much easier to stretch and when needed, hold the stretch. This will also extend the amount that you will be able to stretch your hip.


Increase Your Blood Flow Circulation at Home

Use an T•Shellz Wrap for 15 to 20 minutes at least half an hour before stretching your hip. An T•Shellz Wrap will promote Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy (Deep Tissue Therapy) - a therapy that will increase the blood flow to your hip while warming up and relaxing your injured tissue. Deep Tissue Therapy will make your hip fibers more elastic and pliable, allowing for more ease of movement when you're stretching and/or exercising.

Continued treatment with Deep Tissue Therapy will also deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your hip. This will boost your own natural healing ability and speed up your time for recovery.


Step 2 - Stretch Your Hip

After your hip is warmed up your physical therapist will guide you through stretches to improve mobility.

The main goal of physical therapy is to exercise (stretch out) the affected hip to improve flexibility and range of motion. After the physical therapist has warmed up your hip, they'll get you to do a series of exercises that are focused on stretching out your hip.

This exercise may include heel slides that are focused on moving your how leg and hip (quadriceps, groin, hip, hamstring, calf and shin).

Sometimes cardiovascular exercise, like using a stationary bike or treadmill, will be recommended under the supervision of your physical therapist.

Why are hip injuries so hard to over come? In two words - scar tissue.

Soft tissue in the hip is meant to be tough yet flexible, ready to work and move extreme forces in everyday activities. Damaged tissue heal with scar tissue; little tiny band-aids that overlap each other on the tissue mending the injury. With added scar tissue your hip becomes rigid, less able to receive the full force of your movements. If you're suffering with scar tissue now, you may feel the effects with stiffness, tightness, weakness and tiredness in your hip.

Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a tendon, ligament of the tissue tear, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.

Stretching helps to break up scar tissue, ultimately reducing its troublesome effects on your body.


Step 3 - Cool Down Your Hip

Toward the end of your appointment your physical therapist may introduce cold compression, acupuncture, or TENS to relax your hip after the intense stretching and exercise.



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Hip Injury Facts:

Over 90% of hip fractures are caused by falling, most frequently on the side of the hip.


Less than 50% of hip fracture patients return to their former level of activity. Proper treatment is important to maintain strength and range of motion.


Hip alignment affects the pressure put on the knees. A hip disorder can aggravate knee pain and vice versa.


1 in 7 Americans, over the age of 60, reports significant hip pain.


In most cases, arthritis pain will not benefit from a hip arthroscopy.


70% of non-fracture hip replacements in 2003-2004 were to treat osteoarthritis.

 

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