Many people experience painful hip conditions. For some people it is an acute pain that develops suddenly from some type of physical exertion. For others the pain is chronic. It has developed over a long period of time, perhaps from repetitive activity. Regardless of the cause or amount of time the discomfort has been present there may be a secondary condition to be considered. This article will, comprehensively, discuss hip pain, it’s causes and its treatment.
The hip is one of the largest joints in the human body. It is made up of two bones; the thigh bone which is called the femur and a pelvic bone which is called the Ilium. The two bones make up a ball and socket-type joint. The top end of the femur is shaped like a ball. The outside portion of the Ilium is shaped like a socket. This ball and socket joint allows the hip to move in all directions. It is only one of three joints in the body, including the shoulder and the thumb, that moves in all ranges of motion.
The hip is also a weight-bearing joint which means it is subjected to stress any time we are up and about standing and walking.
As with other areas of the human body it is susceptible to stress and injury. When the hip is injured the pain is typically felt on the outside of the upper thigh area. It may also cause a deep pain in the inner thigh and groin area.
However, it may not be the only area of the body involved. There are two other areas that must be evaluated if hip pain and injury is present. Those two areas are the sacroiliac joints and the lower spine.
The sacroiliac joint is a joint on either side of the pelvis that is in the area where our hip pockets are located on a pair of blue jeans. They are considered pelvic joints and they glide back and forth when we walk. Sometimes the sacroiliac joints can become injured, misaligned, imbalanced or move improperly. If there is a disorder of the sacroiliac joints it can put added stress on the hip joint. It is imperative that when an examination of the hip joint is performed that the sacroiliac joint also be scrutinized.
The lower part of the spine consisting of the lowest vertebrae or bones of the spine and the large tailbone called the sacrum can also be related to hip pain. Like the sacroiliac joint the lower vertebrae of the spine and the sacrum may become misaligned, injured, imbalanced or move improperly. These areas of the body must also be evaluated when one is considering hip problems.
Fortunately doctors of chiropractic can effectively evaluate and treat lower back, sacroiliac joint and hip joint conditions. Chiropractors are educated as to the anatomy, structure and biomechanics of these areas. Chiropractic doctors are also experts at determining and diagnosing physical abnormalities that can occur in these body locations. There may be an imbalance, or possibly improper movement of the bones and joints Sometimes there are injuries to the surrounding soft tissues including bursas, tendons, ligaments muscles and fascia. All these areas must be checked during a proper examination to determine what is wrong and what the proper course of treatment may be.
Chiropractors are also trained to perform what is considered their specialty, called manipulation or adjustments. This is a procedure that the chiropractor utilizes to correct joint and skeletal structural problems. It is a very safe, conservative and effective method of treatment. It does not involve the use of medication or surgery.
Often a person will initially go to a healthcare practitioner or specialist for their hip pain and they are given oral medications or an injection of medication into the hip. If these measures help and the pain is permanently gone there is no need for further care. However, if the pain persists or reoccurs it is important that the patient visit a doctor of chiropractic to have a comprehensive evaluation of the other areas that may be involved and to obtain the proper care of the hip condition.
The hip pain may not get better unless… other areas are checked and treated!