HIP AND JOINT PAIN

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Hip and Joint Pain

You rely on your hips for everything, from walking to kicking to bending. It’s hard to get around if essential body parts continually ache. Your hip joint supports your whole upper body and provides stability, strength, and mobility. It stands as one of the most common types of joint pain due to occurrences at a young age, as well as in adults usually over 50.

What Causes Hip Pain?

The hip joint refers to where the rounded edge of the upper thigh bone connects with the socket of the hip bone, known as the acetabulum. This joint is also contains connective tissue and is protected by a fluid sac called a bursa. This ball and socket joint can be affected by some reasons.

  • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis is caused by natural wear and tear. It results in wearing down the soft tissue protecting bone on bone contact.
  • Low Back Pain
    • Your low back can inevitably affect the hip. Both of these joints are connected, and if you have any lower back problems, it can also lead to pain in your hips. Some low back issues are spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and misaligned joints.
  • Bursitis
    • This condition occurs when there is inflammation or irritation to the bursa, those sacs we called out as protecting your hip joints. Bursitis can limit motion and cause pain due to inflamed soft tissues.
  • Sciatica
    • The sciatic nerve runs from your pelvic region down the back of your thigh to your feet—inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve results in sciatica. Sciatica can cause radiating pain in various places in your body, including your lower back, the backs of your legs, and your hips.
  • Overuse
    • Athletes, dancers, and other physically active people experience hip pain as a result of overuse. The joint and surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments become inflamed and irritated, making it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle.

Can Chiropractors treat Hip Pain?

In short, the answer is yes; chiropractic care can help treat your hip pain. But we wouldn’t leave you with just that without an explanation. Hip pain occurs when your joints have been faced with injury or overuse and, as a result, causes pain and inflammation. Joint pain can happen anywhere but most common in the hips, shoulder, and knee areas. Like any injury, our chiropractors specialize in finding the cause of your pain and treatment to correct it.

Treatment Tips from a Chiropractor

  • Outside of your treatments, try a few exercises to help stretch your hip and get some pain relief. The pigeon yoga pose is helpful to open your hips and loosen them up. Tight hips can prevent you from full mobility and has the potential to lead to hip & low back pain as well. You can also use tools at home in combination with your treatments for further relief. Try a knee pillow to help restore alignment and help relieve stress and pain in your hips.

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