HIP PAIN DESCRIPTION AND CAUSES
Our hips keep us upright, bear weight, walk, run, jump and kick. Because almost all movement depends on our hips, hip pain can be debilitating.
Even if your hip joint is arthritic or degenerated, there’s a good chance chiropractic care can help.
In many cases, inflammation in the hip joint is causing the hip pain. A weak low back and pelvis is the most common source of hip pain.
Anti-inflammatory medication may help a little with the pain, but not the cause. Drugs ignore the fact that the back and hip are unstable. And exercise and stretching don’t take care of the inflammation.
The precise location of your hip pain is important and offers clues about the underlying cause. Is it in the inside of your hip? Is it in your groin? Pain on the outside of your hip, your upper thigh or outer buttock is often caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues around your hip joint.
Diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as lower back or your knees, can sometimes cause hip pain. This type of pain is called referred pain.
ARTHRITIS RELATED HIP PAIN
- Hip pain may be caused by arthritis, injuries or other problems. These types of arthritis can cause hip pain.
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) is the most common type of arthritis and is caused by wear and tear on the cartilage from use, age or even a previous injury. It can also be the result of an untreated injury; the worn-out cartilage may make the bones rub against each other.
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Septic arthritis
HIP PAIN CAUSED BY INJURIES
- Hip pain related to injuries can cause these problems.
- Hip fracture
- Hip labral tear
- Inguinal hernia
- Sprains and strains
HIP PAIN CAUSED BY PINCHED NERVES
- Pinched Nerves can also cause hip pain. These ailments can create pain that runs through the entire area.
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis ( The spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed, resulting in tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs. The symptoms are similar to sciatica. )
OTHER CAUSES OF HIP PAIN
- Aside from injuries, arthritis, and pinched nerves these problems can also cause hip pain.
- Avascular necrosis
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
GENERAL TREATMENT OF HIP PAIN
Hip pain treatment involves therapeutic modalities, along with manipulation of the low back and hip. This will be paired with strengthening exercises designed to help with hip pain. Dr. Aboudib may give you posture advice, stretching exercises. All these are designed to reduce inflammation and relieve spasms. Weakened muscles can be strengthened and joint mobility increased.
Chiropractic adjustments help relieve sciatica, pain from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, osteoarthritis and other conditions that result in hip pain.
Decompression is typically not used with hip pain.