Our hips have a crucial role in our ability to move, bear weight, and perform various physical activities. If you are experiencing hip pain, it can greatly impact your mobility and quality of life.
While conditions like osteoarthritis or injury often cause hip pain, it can also be a symptom of other underlying health issues. Working with a chiropractor can help you determine the cause of your hip pain and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific symptoms.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
There are several common causes of hip pain, including inflammation within the hip joint or in the surrounding ligaments and structures. Inflammation can lead to fluid or blood buildup in the hip joint, resulting in pain.
Bursitis, which is inflammation of the sac outside of the hip, can also cause hip pain.
Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that leads to cartilage loss and joint degeneration, is the most common cause of hip pain in older adults.
Inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and ankylosing spondylitis can also cause hip pain.
Overuse injuries from excessive strain on the cartilage in the hip joint or surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments can also lead to inflammation and pain.
Trauma, such as fractures or dislocations of the hip or pelvis, can cause significant hip pain as well.
Sometimes, what patients perceive as hip pain may actually originate from another part of the body. For example, dysfunction in the sacroiliac joints or a hernia can cause pain in the lower back and hips.
Referred pain, where pain is felt in one area but originates from another, is also common.
Sciatica, which is the inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve, can cause pain in the low back, buttocks, hips, and radiating down the leg. It can result from conditions like disc herniation, spinal degeneration, spinal narrowing due to osteoarthritis, or Piriformis syndrome.
Chiropractic Care and Hip Pain
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for hip pain. After a thorough examination and evaluation, a chiropractor can determine the source of your hip pain and develop a personalized treatment plan.
The plan may include chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, posture advice, stretching, massage, coordination with other healthcare practitioners, and more.
The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, relax muscle spasms, strengthen weakened muscles, and improve joint mobility.
Chiropractic adjustments have been found to be effective in relieving sciatica, a common cause of hip and lower back pain. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care can benefit patients with hip osteoarthritis.
Choosing natural treatments for hip pain can help patients avoid the costs and risks associated with surgery and medication. If you are experiencing hip pain, reach out to us to explore chiropractic care as a non-invasive option for relief. 519-258-8544