Pain and restrictions due to hip arthritis can really interfere with life activities, but physical therapy is a safe and conservative way to manage this diagnosis without having to undergo replacement surgery. Pain patterns can be throughout the groin, the glutes, and throughout the side of the leg. Strengthening the muscles around the hip help to support the joint and relieve pressure in the joint. Weight bearing exercises, such as walking, have also been shown to improve symptoms. Your therapist will also provide stretches to the muscles around the hip and mobilize the hip joint itself to ensure healthy and efficient movement.