The hip joint refers to where the femur attaches to the pelvis at the acetabulum on both sides. Closely located to the hip is the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) where the sacrum and ilium articulate at the base of the spine. Also, close to the hip joint is the pubic symphysis which is a fibrous joint that only moves very slightly. It is important to differentiate between these regions when identifying the problem. The hip is composed of bursae, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, and fascia that hold the hip in place and allow proper motion. Tight muscles, an inflamed bursa, torn cartilage and irritated tendons can all contribute to syndromes of pain in the hip area.
Common conditions of the hip include:
Some people are born with congenital defects like hip dysplasia that can be asymptomatic while younger and them become more problematic later in life. Conditions that mimic hip pain include hernia, swollen lymph nodes (from flu or infection) and back pain that refers to the hip area like sciatica or other neuropathy.
Proper biomechanics and balanced muscles in the surrounding structures reduce the strain placed on the hip joint during weight bearing activities, sitting and sleeping. An evaluation of alignment by your chiropractor to assess the function of the hip area can identify the problem areas and treat the cause of the issue. Special tests like x-ray and MRI can take a deeper look if arthritis, fracture or damaged cartilage are the problem.
Yes. Your chiropractor will first conduct tests to get to the root cause of your pain. Once they develop a better understanding of your condition, they will create a treatment plan. In addition to administering spinal manipulations, your chiropractor may ask you to perform exercises at your home or recommend adding certain foods to your diet to ease your symptoms.
Yes. Hip pain can be caused by several reasons including osteoarthritis and injuries. Chronic hip pain can be a sign of other underlying conditions. The sooner you see a doctor, the better. Early diagnosis improves outcomes.
When you meet your chiropractor for the first time, the professional will ask several questions related to your medical history. They will conduct tests to determine the source of your pain. Based on their findings, your chiropractor will create a treatment plan that could include chiropractic adjustments, stretching, and massage. The focus of treatment will be to reduce inflammation, improve mobility, increase range of motion, and relax existing muscle spasms.
Here are some tips to relieve hip pain:
Gently stretch and exercise your hips
Misaligned hips can expose your joints to extra pressure and friction. People with misaligned hips experience hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, or ankle pain.
Yes. Your chiropractor will use different techniques to aid in the realignment of your hips.
Yes. An experienced chiropractor is adept at using chiropractic adjustments to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.