Suffering from frozen hip syndrome can significantly impair your quality of life.
Frozen hip treatment with drugs like NSAIDs and corticosteroid injections can have bothersome side effects and potentially serious risks. Fortunately, there are options for alleviating this painful condition without drugs.
The Importance of Hip Health
Our hips are responsible for evenly distributing our weight on our legs. Our hips also hold us up when we’re sitting or walking.
Healthy hips are essential to keep us on the move and help us maintain our independence. Hip pain can seriously interfere with our ability to lead a normal life.
What is Frozen Hip Syndrome?
You may be familiar with Frozen Shoulder, a painful condition that limits one’s ability to move the shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis is the medical term for this affliction.
Adhesive capsulitis can also affect the hips, resulting in frozen hip syndrome. When the tissue surrounding the hips becomes inflamed, we experience a limited range of motion, stiffness, and pain.
Causes of Frozen Hip Syndrome
In some cases, frozen hip syndrome is idiopathic, and a specific cause cannot be identified. However, certain factors increase the risk of developing this debilitating condition.
Being immobile for an extended period increases the risk of adhesive capsulitis. Patients who are on bedrest while recovering from surgery, an injury or a stroke are therefore at risk.
Certain medical conditions are associated with a higher incidence of adhesive capsulitis. These include Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and tuberculosis.
Middle-aged women are especially susceptible to frozen hip syndrome.
Chiropractic Treatment for Frozen Hip Syndrome
The chiropractic approach to frozen hip treatment involves exercise therapy, chiropractic adjustments, suggestions for improved posture, stretches, and massage.
Exercise and Stretching
Exercise is an important component of frozen hip treatment. Stretching exercises help patients regain range of motion in the hips. These exercises relieve stiffness in the joints and ease hip pain.
Stretching exercises for frozen hip treatment should only be done under the supervision of a medical professional. If you try to diagnose yourself or attempt these exercises on your own, you could injure yourself or make your condition worse.
Some patients with frozen hip syndrome benefit from heat treatment.
Heat is applied to the affected area to promote blood flow. Increased blood flow speeds healing and enables the muscles to absorb nutrients more quickly. Heat also relaxes the muscles to encourage flexibility and a wider range of motion.
Massage relaxes stiff muscles, improves blood circulation to the affected area to promote healing, and helps break down scar tissue. Massage therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with heat therapy.