Trail Blazers backup center Joel Freeland returned to practice Thursday after missing Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets with a left hip strain.

"I went through pretty much the whole practice today," Freeland said. "I'm not completely pain-free. I've got a little bit of pain still."

Freeland said he has used a plethora of rehabilitative techniques to try to get better, including massages, ice treatment, hot tubbing and the Normatec compression device.

"Just all kinds of exercises to try and strengthen it up," he said.

Freeland, who earned Portland's backup center role in training camp because of his defense, strained the hip in Saturday's game against San Antonio. He was missed by the Blazers against the Rockets and All-Star center Dwight Howard. Howard finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds and shot 10 for 13 from the field.