Hip pain can be alarming, bringing to mind thoughts of invasive hip surgery. But more often than not, hip pain is being caused by a musculoskeletal issue that’s treatable without surgery. The good news is that hip pain treatment will target both the pain and the underlying condition that’s causing it.
What Causes Hip Pain?
The hip is one of the largest and most important joints in the body. We need properly functioning hips to distribute our weight correctly, whether it’s while we’re bending, twisting, walking or even sitting. Our hips stabilize and engage our gluteus maximum, our quadriceps and hamstrings, and abductors.
Here are some common causes of hip pain in women:
Our hip joints gradually deteriorate with age, a condition that’s more common among women than men. This deterioration of the joint causes aching and pain and can lead to partial or total hip replacement surgery in the future.
Arthritis in the hip joint can also be felt as pain in the thigh or groin. One of the symptoms is swelling or stiffness in the hip or upper leg, and a loss of mobility in the joint.
The tendons that connect the muscles to the hip joint and almost in constant use, and so can lead to pain. Tendonitis is inflammation or tiny tears in the tendons and commonly occurs because of overuse or misuse in the hip muscles. Tendonitis can occur naturally in older women and is a common injury in young women who are physically active in sports such as long-distance running, weightlifting, gymnastics, and sports that involve kicking such as soccer.
We have small sacs of fluid that rest between the bones and tissues in the hip called bursae. Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa and is caused by excessive strain on the hip joint through overuse or a repetitive motion. Women who are avid runners, particularly those who run on unlevel ground, or women who are continually climbing stairs are prone to bursitis. Other contributing factors are a previous injury or surgery, an imbalance or injury to the spine, a subtle difference in the length of the legs, rheumatoid arthritis, and bone spurs.
Often referred to as a “sports hernia,” a femoral or inguinal hernia is a strain or tear in the soft tissue in the lower abdomen or groin. It’s less common in women than men, but can be very painful. Symptoms include a bulge in the lower abdomen, and burning or stinging pain that worsens while lifting, standing or coughing.
5. Spinal Conditions
Sometimes the pain we feel in our hips is actually originating in our spine. A herniated disc in the lumbar spine – the vertebrae that run through the lower back – or a condition such as spinal stenosis can cause pain to radiate through the hips.
6. Gynecological Issues
Hip pain can be a symptom of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction or endometriosis. Most common in women who’ve strained these muscles through childbirth, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction occurs when the muscles have stopped functioning in unison. Endometriosis is damaged tissue outside the uterus that can cause extreme pain in the pelvis and radiate down through the hips.
Treatment of Hip Pain for Women
Because an imbalance in the musculoskeletal system often causes hip pain, treatment in Waterford, MI., will begin with a full medical examination to determine the origin.
Treatment will include chiropractic adjustments of the spine and hip joint to correct any misalignment. Your chiropractor will also prescribe a series of stretching and strengthening exercises to correct an imbalance, which will provide pain relief and correct its cause.