How Chiropractic Can Help Hip Pain and Dysfunction
We use our hips daily in walking, going up stairs, standing still, and bending over. If you suffer from pain in your hip joint that prevents you from functioning at the level you want, then you are not alone. Many people report chronic hip aches and pains. Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer with this pain because a chiropractor can help.
Causes of Hip Pain
Hip pain is a joint pain that often occurs in younger (ages 15 and less) and older (over 45) individuals. Your hips give your body stability and motion that shouldn’t be hindered by a debilitating pain. Hip pain can be caused by any number of problems related to ligaments, muscles, or bones. Inflammation is a leading cause of pain in the joints and body. Osteoarthritis affects many older people whose cartilage between bones has worn down so that bone is rubbing on bone. This causes inflammation and pain in the hip. Bursitis is another type of inflammation that is caused when bursae, small jelly-like sacks outside the hip joint, become inflamed due to overuse or joint injury. Trochanteric bursitis is a degenerative form of bursitis seen in older people while iliopsoas bursitis commonly occurs in younger children.
Inflammation in other parts of the body could lead to hip pain as well, such as inflammatory bowel disease or inflammation in the spine. Because our spine is connected to other parts of the body, a misaligned spine, especially in the lower back, may be the cause of hip pain as well. In addition to a spinal misalignment, compression of the sciatic nerve in the pelvic and leg region, whether from bulging discs, spinal degeneration, or osteoarthritis, may lead to sciatica and hip discomfort. Any kind of trauma of overuse of a joint can cause pain and should be looked at by a chiropractor. Rest assured your pain and discomfort doesn’t have to affect your life forever. A chiropractor will know how to treat your symptoms to alleviate your pain.
How to Treat Hip Pain with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors seek to treat the whole body through the spine. Because the spine is so connected to every part of our body, misalignment will not just cause pain in the spine, but in other areas of the body as well. Based on your type of pain, a chiropractor will use different techniques to bring relief for your symptoms. Proper spinal adjustments and care along with therapy such as ice or heat therapy or use of a TENS unit will provide relief for your pain. Adjustments of the hip joints can also bring alignment back to your spine and hip, thus relieving pain. Before you expose your body to unnecessary medication or surgery, try chiropractic care for hip pain. Regular visits to your chiropractor can help prevent further misalignment or joint pain. The benefits of chiropractic care are powerful. Let Dr. Jennifer Good at Atlanta Health and Chiropractic treat your symptoms and relieve your hip pain. Call today for a consultation.