Hips, knees, and ankles are the most important joints for mobility and independence, whether you are old or young. Properly functioning hips ensure you can move easily throughout your day.
Hips have so many important functions in the body. They distribute our weight evenly down the leg. They keep us upright when walking or sitting. They are a key component to engaging the muscles central to walking, like the gluteus maximus, abductors, and other stability muscles.
Hip pain can severely interfere with normal activity.
What is Hip Pain?
When your hip hurts, it can be difficult to describe exactly what you’re feeling. When patients complain about hip pain, it can come from a few structures in your body: muscles, ligaments, and the joint. Muscles can become sore or spasm painfully, ligaments can become inflamed, and your joint can deteriorate making any kind of hip movement difficult or painful.
Sometimes weakness accompanies hip pain. The combination of problems in your muscles, ligaments, and joint can keep the hip muscles from engaging correctly.
The Causes of Hip Pain
Hip pain’s most common cause is osteoarthritis. The hip joint slowly deteriorates with age, losing the cartilage that keeps the bones from rubbing on each other.
Several other inflammatory diseases cause similar problems. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that attacks your joints, can cause your joints to quickly deteriorate as well. Other inflammatory diseases include irritable bowel syndrome and spinal swelling, orankylosing spondylitis.
Another common cause of hip pain is overuse injuries. Sometimes repeated stress over a lifetime can build up to cause hip pain. Often, however, overuse injuries arise in athletes.
Endurance athletes, like runners, sometimes have muscle imbalances or weaknesses that cause the hip to do too much work leading to injury. Overuse injuries build up slowly over time, so early detection is important.
When someone falls, or gets in an accident, it can cause hip pain, too. Trauma can cause broken bones, strained ligaments, or muscle spasms and increase hip pain.
The Treatment of Hip Pain
When you visit your chiropractor, your doctor will assess your condition to find the right treatment for you. In concert with your other health professionals, a doctor of chiropractic can end or mitigate joint pain.
Your chiropractor has a range of treatments that can help with hip pain. Proper spinal alignment and function are central to good hip performance, so your chiropractor may prescribe adjustments.
For overuse injuries, chiropractors often prescribe a combination of stretching, exercise therapy, and massage. These techniques help to relax overused muscles and ligaments while also treating the muscle imbalances, through strength training, that caused the problem in the first place. For arthritis sufferers, you will be given mobility exercises and other treatments to preserve your range of motion.
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