The hips are one of the most important sets of joints in the human body. They allow you to perform useful important tasks like standing upright, walking, running, kicking and jumping.
Unfortunately, many of the clients visiting my Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent for the first time come in because of hip pain. In some cases, it is so severe that it has affected their mobility.
The good news is that chiropractic care can be useful for treating some of the conditions that cause hip pain. In this article, I’ll identify the most common causes of hip pain and explain how chiropractic care can help.
Causes of hip pain
The “hip joint” is the section of the body where the femur (upper thighbone) connects with the acetabulum (a section of the hip bone). It is one of the most hard-working joints in the human body because it supports a significant proportion of a person’s body weight.
The hip joint is surrounded by a sac called the bursa which provides cushioning. This area also contains a lot of connective tissue. Unfortunately, because this joint is used so often, it is prone to injury and is affected by several illnesses — all of which can lead to hip pain. The most common causes of hip pain include:
Active sportspeople and anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet can suffer from overuse injuries affecting the hips. Overuse causes the cartilage, tendons and ligaments in-and-around the hip joint to become damaged. This can lead to inflammation and hip pain. Overuse injuries can eventually increase the risk of arthritis.
Fortunately, most overuse injuries respond well to treatment. Visiting a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent can be the best course of action for dealing with hip pain caused by overuse.
Osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases
Osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal condition affecting people 45 years and over in the UK. It is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints. When it affects the hip joint, osteoarthritis can reduce mobility and cause a great deal of hip pain. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, chiropractic treatment may help slow the progression of the illness and reduce the pain it causes.
There is a limited amount of space in the hip joint for bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. If a medical problem or injury causes inflammation in the hips, the limited amount of space available can be filled with fluid or blood — leading to hip pain. In some cases, the sac on the outside of the hip (the bursitis) becomes inflamed, which can lead to hip pain.
Hip fractures and dislocations are common causes of hip pain, particularly in the elderly. Older people are more at risk as their bones are often weaker and they are more likely to suffer from a fall.
Lower back problems
In many cases, hip pain is actually caused by problems affecting the back. Conditions like spinal stenosis, compression fractures, and disc herniation can all lead to pain in the hips.
How chiropractic care can relieve hip pain
When a patient visits our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent, we perform a careful physical examination and evaluate their medical history. This helps us determine the source of their hip pain and discover if chiropractic care can be useful for addressing it.
If we determine that the cause of your hip pain can be treated with a chiropractic techniques, we will implement a comprehensive treatment protocol. This may involve chiropractic adjustments, posture advice, and physical exercises. The goal of these treatments is always to strengthen your hip joint, restore mobility and ease hip pain.
Multiple studies have found that chiropractic care can be effective at reducing hip pain. One study looked at the effect of chiropractic on individuals suffering from osteoarthritis. It found that 83% of study participants saw reduced levels in hip pain after several chiropractic sessions.
Chiropractic care can also identify and treat other musculoskeletal problems that present as hip pain, including poor posture.
Exercises to relieve hip pain
Many patients with hip pain will require some form of physical therapy. We have created a series of videos to show patients some of the exercises that are effective at improving the health of the hip joint. You can view these exercises by visiting our Hip Pain & Strenthening Exercises Page. However, these exercises are not designed to be an alternative to consulting your chiropractor but to compliment your chiropractic treatment.
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