The hips provide essential support to the body by keeping it upright and facilitating movement through the ball and socket joint. The primary functions of the hips are to help serve functional movement like walking, running, jumping or kicking in a smooth manner.
Because the hips are engaged in most daily movements, it can create a chain reaction of problems when the hips are misaligned. The chiropractic team at Integrate Institute can help identify the source of hip pain and develop a plan to treat symptoms and return to a better quality of life. improve function.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain can have many causes associated with it. However, it’s important to identify the exact reasons the hip pain has developed to prescribe the right treatment. Other causes of hip pain include:
Inflammation The structures within the hip joint and surrounding it are made up of many ligaments. Because of the limited space within the hip socket for the femoral head to move it can be susceptible to aggravated trauma. If an injury is caused to the hip it can create inflammation within the ligaments. The acetabulum space then fills with fluid or blood triggering more pain. Bursitis is a type of hip inflammation that occurs on the outside of the hip of the sac as the result of minor trauma or overuse.
Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory Diseases
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of hip pain among older adults. This is a degenerative disease where cartilage is lost progressively over the years causing joint degradation. There is no cure for osteoarthritis but chiropractic care is one way to slow the symptoms. Other inflammatory diseases that cause hip pain are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation of the spine)
Heavy wear and tear on the cartilage surrounding the hip joint can cause arthritis and inflammation. Routine daily activities that place stress on the hip can also cause inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the hip. This type of pain can develop gradually overtime.
Often when patients believe their hips are causing the pain it’s actually the hip joint and ligaments compensating for injury to another area of the body. For example, pain in the lower back and hips is often the result of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Other types of referred pain can be caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a common problem that results from herniation of the discs, spinal degeneration, narrowing of the spine due to osteoarthritis, or Piriformis syndrome which is a muscular issue. When the sciatic nerve is irritated it can cause pain throughout the lower back, buttocks, and hips.
How Does Chiropractic Care Treat Hip Pain?
Chiropractors will do an examination to pinpoint the source of the hip pain. Once that’s established, a personalized treatment plan will be developed to focus on relieving the symptoms and correcting the problem. Depending on the cause, the treatments can include any of these elements:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Exercise therapy
- Mobility improvement
- Muscle strengthening
- Posture correction
Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments have been successful in relieving hip pain and the causes associated with it. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis have seen marked improvement after only a few visits to a chiropractor. Another 60% of chiropractic patients saw improved symptoms of sciatica problems.
The natural treatments chiropractors use such as full body manipulation helps patients avoid the cost and recovery of unnecessary surgery.
Hip Pain Treatment in Burnsville, MN
The team of licensed professionals at Integrated Institute has helped many patients find relief from their hip pain. Our chiropractic experts will take the time to assess your specific needs and design a treatment plan for the best recovery. Contact Integrate Institute today to learn more about non-invasive options to relieve hip pain.
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