Hip pain is a common complaint that can affect people of all ages.
There are a number of different causes and most are treatable by chiropractors.
Chiropractors are 5 Year University trained in the assessment, diagnosis & treatment of musculoskeletal problems, including Hip Pain.
Where is the hip joint?
The hip is a ball and socket joint that connects your pelvis to your lower limbs.
The joint’s role is to allow weight-bearing through the legs and create stability during standing and throughout walking or running.
The hip is able to withstand large loads and forces that exceed your total body weight. There are numerous muscles, ligaments, tendons, bursa, bones and the joint capsule that make this joint so strong.
What are the most common causes of hip pain?
As the hip is a “busy” area of the body, there are many possible causes for your hip pain.
Some common causes are:
- Arthritis of the hip joint: this can be due to normal age-related changes, inflammatory type changes or changes due to previous trauma
- Labral injuries: this can be due to trauma or age-related changes to the hip’s cartilage
- Soft tissue injuries e.g., muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursa
What are the symptoms of hip pain?
- Hip joint pain or groin pain
- Limp when walking
- Tenderness around hip region
- Difficulty or pain when moving the hip/leg
- Feeling of catching or clicking in the hip joint
Problems that arise from the hip joint itself usually result in pain on the inside of your hip or groin area. This is referred to as “true” hip pain.
Pain on the outside of your hip, outer buttock or upper thigh are usually due to muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues that surround the hip joint.
Often hip pain is mistaken for sacroiliac pain as the two share similar pain patterns. Here are some common features to help you distinguish between the two.
How do I get Hip pain relief?
The evidence suggests that effective treatment for a lot of hip conditions consists of a combination of manual therapy and exercise.
Our Chiropractors take a methodical approach to hip pain.
We start with:
- Full History and Examination
- Range of motion of the hip and low back joints
- Examination of joints and nerves relating to the painful area
If the examination indicates the hip is the source of the pain, we will proceed with treatment.
If any further investigation needs to be performed, you will be referred for imaging (X-rays) or referred to your GP.
Treatment for hip pain relief may consist of:
- Chiropractic Adjustments (Spinal Manipulations & Mobilisations) – These allow movement to occur at the joints and muscles, and can release pressure on the structures around the painful area.
- Soft Tissue Muscle Release (Trigger point therapy, Dry needling, Vibration massage) – The muscles surrounding the hip area may also feel stiff as they are protecting the painful area.
- Strengthening/Stretching Exercises – These can be gentle movements or more complex movements depending on how much movement or discomfort you have. The aim is to strengthen the surrounding structures of the hip so you can get back to your everyday life.
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