Hip Pain Relief with Chiropractic
Do you have hip pain? Pain prevalence has increased among United States adults by 25% from 1998 to 2014, according to a 2019 report, with 41% reporting pain in the period between 2013–2014.1 At least 70 million U.S. adults have chronic pain according to an article published in the National Library of Medicine “ Best Practices for Chiropractic Management of Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline” The hip is one of the central weight bearing joints in the human body, so when the hip is in pain it can be debilitating,
Common causes of Hip pain
- Inflammation of the tendons in the hip is the most common cause of hip pain. Often an inflammation in the tendons or the fibers that connect the muscles to the bone cause tenderness, swelling and pain in that area.
- Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that surrounds the bones in the hip joint break down. This can cause bone on bone pain.
- Inflammatory Disease occurs when the body’s immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissues. In some cases, affected areas are joints, skin and the nervous system. Sometimes inflammation and swelling can produce chemical substances that attack cartilage covering the bone.
- Bursa is a painful inflammation of the Bursae located around your hip bone. Bursae are tiny sacs of jelly filled fluid that live between bones and soft tissues that help to reduce friction caused by movement. A common inflammation of the hip is the trochanteric bursae that is located at the bony hip area.
- Overuse Injuries can often lead to tendonitis. Athletes can experience over-use injuries especially young children or teenagers who are still growing. Many sports related injuries can be avoided with proper conditioning and training, wearing appropriate protective gear, and using proper equipment during their sport.
- Trauma – including fractures, injuries, dislocations, and strains often result from falls, direct blow to the hip, sports injuries, and motor vehicle accidents.
Common signs and symptoms of hip pain include:
- Achy dull stiff feelings of the hip joint and surrounding areas
- Pain with movement
- Swelling of the joints
- Warmness of the skin at the site
Risk factors for hip pain include:
- Engaging in constant or repetitive motion of the hips
- Participating in sports such as tennis, baseball, football, softball, gymnastics, climbing, or basketball, and running
- Sleep position from a mattress too soft or hard can trigger pressure points and cause pain
- Being older: it’s more likely after the age of 60, as soft tissues such as cartilage and tendons can degenerate over time.
Finding a cause can often be difficult, however our board-certified chiropractor and staff understand that lifestyle plays a big role in managing pain and associated symptoms. Our chiropractor and staff also see the connection between hip pain and the “3 T’s.” Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts
- Trauma (Physical Stress): Injury as well as overuse during exercise or repetitive motion can lead to muscle weakness and stiffness associated with hip pain. Repetitive motion such as tennis or other occupations that lead to overuse of the hip are often seen as groups who suffer from hip pain.
- Toxins (Chemical Stress): Dehydration has a profound effect on cells resulting in damage to that cell. Toxins then become attracted to those cells as a host for disease processes. The body is unable to flush toxins when it is dehydrated causing inflammation. Staying well hydrated is an important factor in flushing toxins from your body, good nutrition and hydration also promotes the healing process.
- Thoughts (Emotional Stress): As always increased stressors can trigger inflammation which can lead to disease processes that include hip pain. What is important is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a positive attitude and increase or maintain your exercise routine that includes stretching.
How can Chiropractic Care Provide Relief?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the brain and nervous system). It also focuses on how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. It is founded upon the principle that the body’s innate healing power is affected by and integrated through the nervous system. Based on these principles, chiropractic care can provide relief in many ways if you are experiencing arthritic pain and symptoms.
- Chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and encourage the nerve pathways to improve. Adjustments start to correct the misfiring that occurs in the neurons causing a heightened sensitivity to pain. Additionally, adjustments help improve sleep patterns. A more restful sleep helps the healing process. Adjustments also encourage better cognitive function. By realigning the spine, Connected Chiropractic’s board-certified chiropractor is reducing interference within the brain.
- Massage Therapy is another tool that we utilize in the office to help with hip pain. It reduces muscle tension, stiffness in the body, and joint pain. It also helps regulate digestion and encourages sleep.
- Exercise Therapy and Education is also a benefit our office provides. The use of light aerobic exercise can help you avoid muscle stiffness and joint pain when properly incorporated into your daily routine. Good stretches are also recommended! Diet is reviewed and suggestions are made to improve your diet thereby improving the building blocks for healing. Some modifications in daily activities may also benefit those who suffer from arthritis. We offer a wide range of activities that can help keep joints loose and pain free.
- Supplements could also be used to help ease arthritis systems. A variety can be used to improve sleep, help with depression, and decrease inflammation. Our skilled chiropractor can make recommendations on what supplements and vitamins can work best for you.
Our goal at Connected Chiropractic is to use multiple methods to help restore and preserve your optimal health. We will make a care plan that fits your individual needs, and pairs well with what is already working, to improve your daily life.
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