There are many causes of hip pain. Pain in the hip can come directly from the hip joint itself or it may be experienced in the hip joint as a referred pain from a problem somewhere else. Your chiropractor will do an evaluation and history of your entire musculo-skeletal system to find out where the hip pain is coming from.
The hip joint is unique as it is a weight bearing joint. Weight is transferred through the spine into the pelvis and into each of the hip sockets. There can be an imbalance in the way the weight is distributed and several different joints can cause the hip pain. Our first priority will be to examine you to establish where exactly the hip pain is coming from. We will evaluate the lumbar spine, the pelvic bones and the hip socket itself to understand what is affected and what needs to be corrected in order to resolve the symptoms.
As chiropractors we pay particular attention to the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joint which are weight bearing joints. Quite often people think that they have a hip problem or bursitis but in fact it is lumbar spine dysfunction or a sacroiliac sprain/strain injury causing pain that feels like it is coming from hip joint.
You can also have pain in the ball and socket of the hip itself. It can be caused by arthritis or other injuries to the cartilage within the joint. Occasionally, at the very end stage of degeneration some patients may require a hip replacement, however we like to work with our patients way before a hip replacement is considered. In fact for those people the name of the game is to prolong or avoid the replacement for as long as possible.
Chiropractic is the perfect technique for helping people get out of or lessen the pain and help the degeneration. Chiropractic treatment if required involves a specific thrust applied to the spine in the lumbar area, the pelvis or to the hip itself to help restore a more normal alignment or movement of the pelvis, spine and/or hip, or we may choose to use effective non-force techniques, if that is required.
Other therapies we use include massage therapy, trigger point therapy or myofascial release and we may also want to get you started on some stretch and strengthening exercises for the area to help the body heal and function better.
It’s important to treat hip pain as early as possible as it really can affect your lifestyle. It can affect your ability to sit, sleep and walk comfortably Get yourself checked out and evaluated. It may turn out to be the best thing you ever did…..