Hip Pain – Your San Diego Chiropractor’s Point of View
There are many conditions that cause us to experience pain in the hip – among the most common conditions are pinched nerves from the lower back or sacrum, misalignments of lumbar vertebrae and locked sacroiliac joints. Each of these conditions is more likely to cause hip pain than the hip itself.
Pain that originates in the hip is usually caused by osteo-arthritis of the hip joint. Statistics point out that 25% of women and 15% of men over the age of 60 years will experience hip problems do to osteo-arthritis.
Hip injuries such as fracture, dislocation or repetitive stress of a joint frequently leads to osteoarthritis development. People are also more likely to develop it if they have a family history of the condition or if they are over weight, since that places more strain on your hips when standing or sitting. All that being said, people can still have osteoarthritis even though they do not have any known risk factors.
Osteoarthritis Symptoms of the Hip
Osteoarthritis of the hip can present differently in different people. Your first symptom may be soreness and stiffness in your groin, buttocks or upper leg when you get out of bed in the morning. Frequently, there is a progressive increase of pain over the side of the hip that radiates into the groin, with discomfort down the front of the thigh and inside the knee joint. Osteoarthritis of the hip can present very much like sciatica. The hip pain is generally more severe with activity, particularly with weight bearing activity like walking. Some patients also report that their hip pain can also feel more severe with cold or wet weather.
Chiropractic Treatment for the Hip
Chiropractic treatment can help reduce the pain that you experience from osteoarthritis of the hip. Joint adjustments of the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joint help to eliminate stress from the hips. Ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation and ice packs reduce inflammation which in turn reduces pain. Chiropractic care won’t reverse osteoarthritis in the hip but it can reduce pain and improve function.