Can a Chiropractor help with Hip Pain?
Hip pain can be felt in other areas than directly over your hip. It may be felt in the middle of your thigh or in your groin. The hip is a ball and socket joint, made up of the femur head and acetabulum of the pelvis. The hip joint is the largest joint in your body. And although it is designed to cope with biomechanical stressors, it can become damaged.
The pain may be caused by cartilage wearing down prematurely due to abnormal biomechanics and muscles or tendons being overused. The hip bone can also be fractured with a fall or injury. You may also experience hip pain caused by referred back pain.
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive option to consider before surgical option. Innate Chiropractic works with you on a tailored care plan to help care for your hip pain. We want to find the cause of the pain and prevent any further pain from occurring. Your care will be non-invasive for hip pain relief and to help improve hip joint mobility and function.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain is used as a general term to describe pain in the hip joint or the structures around the hip. Nearly every time you move, you use your hips. Movements like walking, running, standing, jumping and many more ranges of movement. This means hip pain can permeate every aspect of your life and cause debilitating pain if left unchecked.
Though more common amongst the elderly it is also common during pregnancy, in people who sit or stand for prolonged periods or play strenuous or contact sport.
Conditions contributing to hip pain and stiffness are;
- Abnormal joint movement
- Loss of normal joint mobility
- Hip joint dysfunction
- Femoral acetabular joint dysfunction
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Pubic symphysis joint dysfunction
- Hip bursitis
- Hip tendinosis
- Hip tendonitis
- Osteitis pubis
- Hip degenerative joint disease
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Nerve entrapment (femoral, sciatic, lateral femoral cutaneous nerves)
What are the symptoms of Hip Pain?
Hip pain symptoms can encompass mild discomfort to severe pain. You may feel pain or stiffness in the following areas of your body;
- Inside the hip joint
- Outside of the hip joint
- Side of hip
- Knee and lower back pain
It is often the case that after activity your pain worsens and the hip stiffens. Limping is also caused by prolonged hip pain.
How does a Chiropractor help with Hip Pain?
At Innate Chiropractic our team will diagnose Hip pain with a comprehensive examination that includes;
- Medical history
- Performing a physical examination
- Standing digital foot scan
- Postural checks
- Checking hip movements
- Diagnostic imaging
Once all this information is put together by your Chiropractor a care plan will be initiated. We will consult with you and inform you of our findings and make sure you understand your options. Care will include Chiropractic adjustments, targeted exercises, laser therapy, essential nutritional supplements, postural hygiene exercises and custom flexible orthotics.