Hip pain is a common complaint that has many sources. Even minor hip pain can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life and can limit your ability to perform certain tasks. If you are experiencing hip pain, a chiropractor may be able to pinpoint the cause of your pain and help you to feel better, both in the short term and long term.
Identifying the Location of Pain
The hips are critical for weight distribution in the body. When we carry things, walk, or even sit, the hips transfer the weight from the top half of our bodies to the pelvis and then to the legs. Hip pain can stem from an imbalance or injury in the place where the spine connects to the pelvis, at any place along the pelvis, or in the ball and socket joints. Identifying where the pain is located can help a chiropractor to figure out possible causes of pain and treatments.
Chiropractic Adjustment for the Hips
If the pelvis and hips are misaligned, chiropractic adjustments may be used to restore alignment. Chiropractors may use a thrust technique to restore alignment to certain parts of the lower spine, to the hip, or to the pelvis depending on where the misalignment that is causing the pain is located. In some cases, this may immediately ease the pain by relieving pressure on the nerves. Chiropractic adjustments may also be part of an ongoing treatment plan to correct the issue that is causing the pain.
The reason for hip pain and hip misalignments is often weak muscles in the back, core, or hips that place more weight on one side of the body. By performing certain exercises to strengthen these areas uniformly, you may permanently reduce or eliminate pain, but you may also prevent the cartilage in the joints from deteriorating. A chiropractor or physical therapist may be able to recommend exercises that will strengthen the muscles and restore or maintain range of motion.
Injuries and Deteriorated Joints
If there is an injury or if the cartilage in the joints is deteriorated past a certain point, the hip may need to be replaced to restore range of motion and eliminate pain. A chiropractor may be able to help identify misalignments that are causing deterioration and prevent the condition from worsening before a hip replacement is needed, however. A chiropractor will be able to help determine the extent of the damage and assess whether a hip replacement is needed.
A chiropractor will be able to recommend supportive treatments to mitigate hip pain depending on the cause and severity of the issues. Supportive treatments may include massage therapy and trigger-point therapy. These treatments can help to soothe the pain and promote circulation to the area to help with healing.
If you have hip pain, contact us today at 407-660-1200 to find out how we can help.