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The hip joint is designed to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear and repeated motion. It fits together to allow for fluid movement. When you move, it has a cushion of cartilage to prevent friction. And although this ball-and-socket joint is the body’s largest with a functional design, it’s not indestructible.
Hip pain can result from a number of factors. Abnormalities of the soft tissues, joints, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the hip can all result in pain. There may even be some diseases that can cause pain in the hip, such as arthritis, trochanteric bursitis and shingles. Trauma or injury to the hip can cause pain. Hip pain may also be a result of a problem with the spine or back. Any illness or injury that causes inflammation in the hip joint space will cause the space to fill with fluid and stretch the hip capsule lining resulting in pain. Just like any other joint cartilage, the cartilage can wear away or tear and become the source of pain. Plus, hip pain may be due to other structures outside the hip joint. For example, a femoral hernia or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can cause hip pain. Hip pain is a nonspecific complaint that requires a health care professional to find the underlying cause.
Depending on the condition that is causing hip pain, you may feel discomfort in your buttocks, inside the hip joint, outside the hip joint, thigh or groin. Sometimes, pain from other areas of the body can radiate to the hip. Pain may worsen with activity, and you may have a reduced range of motion or even develop a limp from chronic hip pain.
Often, primary care physicians recommend over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aleve to reduce hip pain. And if the hip pain is due to rheumatoid arthritis, doctors may prescribe corticosteroids or anti-rheumatic drugs like methotrexate.
Physical therapy is effective for hip pain relief. After an initial evaluation, a physical therapist will create a treatment plan that will exercises to improve mobility and use physical agents like ice or heat to reduce inflammation and pain. Chiropractic care can also help alleviate hip pain. After determining the source of your hip pain, your chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan that may include 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.
If you’re suffering from hip pain, turn to the chiropractors at Ringer Chiropractic for relief. As a patient at Ringer Chiropractic, we will personally tailor a chiropractic and wellness program using highly-effective techniques that are non-invasive and targeted to your hip pain. Our natural treatments of hip pain allow you to avoid the risks and costs of drugs and surgery.