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.