Hip pain can make everyday activities unbearable for some people. This is primarily because of how much we have riding on our hips. Our hips help hold us upright and give us the ability to bear weight. We use our hips to walk, run, jump, and kick. This is why hip pain can be so devastatingly painful.
Here at A Family Chiropractic Clinic we treat many patients who suffer from hip pain. Most of these patients experience the pain as a result of injury or osteoarthritis. Our expert staff has helped many people find relief from pain. We’ve also been able to help people regain mobility and flexibility. Each treatment plan is designed specifically for your condition.
Causes of Hip Pain
There are a number of conditions which can cause hip pain. One of the most common causes of pain in the hips occurs within the joint itself. Inside the hip joint there is little space for movement. A number of minor injuries or illness can trigger inflammation within the joint. This means that the limited space becomes filled with blood or fluid. This can cause stiffness and pain in the hip joint. The sac outside the hip can also become inflamed. This inflammation is referred to as bursitis and can also be painful. Bursitis is typically a result of minor traumas or overuse. Other common causes of hip pain include:
- Inflammatory Diseases
- Overuse Injuries
- Referred Pain
- Other Sources
Osteoarthritis and inflammatory diseases are common hip pain causes among older adults. These cause degeneration of cartilage and joints. While there’s no cure for these types of health issues, it is possible to slow the progression and worsening of symptoms. Chiropractic care is shown to help patients who suffer from these and other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Other causes of hip pain include overuse injuries. This type of injury is a common result of heavy wear and tear on the cartilage of the joint. In addition to causing pain in the hips, these types of injuries also cause pain in the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments. Overuse injuries often worsen over time without treatment.
Other Causes of Hip Pain
Trauma, including fractures and dislocations, are easy to diagnose with an X-ray. These types of injuries are usually a result of direct trauma. However, as people age and their bones weaken they can experience these types of injuries with significantly less force. The road to recovery after such a traumatic event can be long. A combination of chiropractic care and other therapies can help reduce pain and recovery time. It’s important to understand that a traumatic injury doesn’t necessarily mean that bones are broken. Other traumatic injuries can cause significant hip pain through strains, sprains, or bruises.
It’s also possible that hip pain isn’t actually pain in the hip at all. It’s not unheard of for patients to interpret pain from other areas as hip pain. Pain in the lower back and hips could actually be a dysfunctional sacroiliac joint. The pain could also be caused by a hernia or any other number of health concerns. Some of the more common types of referred pain include:
- Disc herniation
- Spinal degeneration
- Piriformis syndrome
- Nerve root irritation
These conditions could easily be misinterpreted as pain in the hip joint. The symptoms of these conditions can include hip pain, even though the hip isn’t the cause of the pain. Speaking about your symptoms with a trained and skilled chiropractor can help you lessen or remove the pain from your life.
How Chiropractic Care Helps People Suffering with Hip Pain
Every day more people turn to chiropractic care for a non-surgical solution to their hip pain. Surgery can be risky and the recovery time can be long and excruciating. Chiropractic care is a viable alternative for treating almost every type of hip pain.
When you meet with a chiropractor you will discuss your health history and symptoms. Your doctor will then help create a treatment plan specifically designed for your needs. This will likely include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Exercise therapy
- Posture advice
- Massage therapy
- And more
The primary goal of the chiropractic care will be to reduce any inflammation while strengthening the weakened muscled and improving joint mobility. Your chiropractor will help you discover the underlying cause of your hip pain and work with you to help you find relief. Many patients are able to reduce or even eliminate their symptoms without the help of medications or surgery.
Even patients with long term conditions or chronic conditions have reported a reduction in hip pain after chiropractic treatment. Many of the things that lead to hip pain also include our spine. By focusing on correcting the body’s proper alignment a chiropractor can help you recover from pain relatively quickly.