Your hips can handle a lot throughout the day, and they provide numerous functions that we don’t even think about until they start causing us pain. The truth is that we don’t give our hips the attention they deserve on a regular day; it isn’t until they start causing us pain that we realize how critical they are to your day-to-day movement.
What Is Hip Pain?
Hips do more than you think
Hip pain can happen to anyone at any time. It stands as one of the most common types of joint pain due to occurrences at a young age and in adults, usually over 50. Your hip joint supports your whole upper body by providing stability, strength, and mobility. It also helps the lower body by allowing us to walk smoothly, kick, run, jump, and sit. The hip joint refers to where the upper thigh bone’s rounded edge connects with the hip bone socket, known as the acetabulum. This joint is also contains connective tissue and is protected by a fluid sac called a bursa. This ball and socket joint can be affected by several reasons, but when they cause pain, it can also be extremely debilitating as your hips are involved in so much we do.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Identify and eliminate
You can experience hip pain in the front of your hip, the sides, or even the back around the buttocks. The source of the pain often determines how intense the pain is and where you feel it. It can occur when your joints have been faced with an injury or overuse, resulting in pain and inflammation. But more often than not, it is not caused by a single problem; it usually has several origins, including:
- Osteoarthritis – Is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions your bones wears down over time.
- Transient Osteoporosis – a condition that causes temporary bone loss in the upper portion of the thighbone
- Bursitis – this painful condition affects the small, fluid-filled sac called the bursae, the cushion of the bones, tendons, and muscles near the hip joint.
- Low Back Pain – As so many parts of the body depend on each other to function, lower back pain can lead to hip pain because the hip and the back joints are connected.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
reduce inflammation, strengthen weakened muscle, improve joint mobility, and more
Chiropractic care can also help alleviate hip pain by using a gentle, non-invasive highly-effective technique that will target your hip pain and not include over-the-counter drugs or dangerous prescription mediation. After determining your hip pain source, your Lifegiving Chiropractic chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan that may consist of chiropractic adjustments, massage, exercise therapy, and stretching. The goal is to reduce inflammation, strengthen weakened muscle, improve joint mobility and relax any existing muscle spasms.
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Can a Chiropractor Realign Your Hips?
For many people, they hear the word chiropractor, and they think immediately of a back adjustment. The truth is that chiropractors can do much more than help patients with back pain. Hips can be another problem area for patients, and often, the first option they are given for their hip pain is surgery. However, depending on the root cause of the need for the realignment of your hips, your chiropractor may be another option available to you. Chiropractors can help you identify if your hip pain is caused by a misalignment or other root cause while designing a treatment protocol to assist in realigning your hips or addressing other root causes, such as sciatica.
One thing to keep in mind is that working with a misaligned hip can take time with chiropractic treatment. Your hips play a part in every activity you do, from walking to sitting down, and there are many muscles, tissues, and joints in and connected to your hip. You may be given “homework” to do when you’re outside your chiropractor’s office, such as stretching, exercises, and maintaining a particular posture to assist in your treatment. Often, the more you put into your treatment in following the treatment protocol exactly, the more benefits you will see from it. If you are following everything as prescribed, and feeling no better or worse than you started, be sure to share that on your next appointment.
What Does a Misaligned Hip Feel Like?
It can be hard to know when you’re dealing with a misaligned hip, so here are some general symptoms you may be feeling.
- General lower back pain
- Achy feelings in your back or hips when laying down
- While walking or after walking, you may feel pain in your hips or backside
- Hip pain when standing for long periods
- You may notice that your gait or posture is off
These beginning symptoms may not be noticeable, or you may think it has to do with something else. Likewise, these symptoms may be minor at first and be overlooked, but as the hip problem progresses, you’ll more than likely start seeing more severe symptoms.
- Pain in and around your groin area
- Pain around your hips
- Pain that radiated from your hips through your thighs to your knees
- It’s painful to stand or walk around
- Your back can hurt due to your spine not being aligned in response to your hips
What one person experiences with a misaligned hip may be completely different from another person. If you start to have any of these symptoms, speaking with a chiropractor can be a fantastic idea. They can help you determine the root cause of the pain, whether it’s from misaligned hips or not, and create a treatment that can help you get back to doing the things you enjoy.
What Causes Your Hips to Be Out of Alignment?
There are only a couple of causes as to why your hips are out of alignment:
- There is a physical difference in your leg lengths. Often, this biological difference has to do with the structure of your leg, such as the bone length.
- A functional difference in your legs, such as your posture causing knots. Your legs are at different heights, but not because of the structure of your legs, but more the way you use your body.
- Scoliosis, where even mild cases can cause your hips to become out of alignment.
Scoliosis is when your spine has a curvature to it.
Once the root cause of your hip misalignment has been determined, it’s time to look at the different treatments available to you. Your chiropractor can help you decide if your root cause can be adequately treated with chiropractic or other treatments. In addition, they can assist with determining how to move forward in helping your hips go back into alignment and alleviate any pain or issues you’ve been dealing with because of the misalignment. For instance, you may be dealing with both functional and structural reasons behind your hips being misaligned, so a treatment like a lift in one shoe and chiropractic treatment may be necessary.