Hip pain is a problem that affects many people. Problems with the hip can vary from mild and occasional to constant, excruciating and incapacitating. There are many reasons and causes for pain of the hip. There are also many treatments available for hip discomfort. This article will discuss causes of hip pain and types of treatment including a non-surgical, non-pharmacologic approach for hip pain relief.
Anatomically, we can look at the hip as two separate elements making up the whole part. The first element is the joint itself. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. It is the largest joint in the body. There are two main injuries that occur with this joint. One is simply osteoarthritis or, wear and tear, that occurs over time. The end stage of this problem results in bone-on-bone degeneration. At this stage many people require a hip replacement. The other injury is called a labral tear. The hip labral tissue is a form of cartilage that provides stability to the joint. A labral tear does not show up on x-ray and must usually be diagnosed by MRI.
The second element of the hip joint are the soft tissues and other bones surrounding it. There are many muscles involved with movement of our hip. Muscle fibers transition into tendons which attach to bone. Injuries of these tissues are classified as muscle strains and tendinitis. The hip joint also has bursas surrounding it. Bursas can be considered as lubricating structures that allow parts to move smoothly, without friction.
Hip pain can be experienced by some people specifically, directly at the joint itself. Others may have pain elsewhere such as the groin, buttocks, thigh or the back of the pelvis. This can be confusing as people do not know what exactly is causing their pain.
The hip joint is associated with the pelvis. The pelvis is made up of three bones. The outer wing bones, called the iliac bones, make up the socket part of each hip joint. Third bone of the pelvis is the middle tail bone, which is called the sacrum. Between the iliac bones and the sacrum are the gliding joints of the pelvis, called the sacroiliac joints.
If there is a misalignment of the pelvis and the sacroiliac joints a person may experience hip pain. If this is the case, there is a non-surgical, non-pharmacologic treatment to help provide pain relief. Chiropractors perform treatment to correct the condition by utilizing a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are very safe, gentle and will reposition a malalignment of the bones. Chiropractors can also utilize manual soft tissue techniques such as trigger point therapy to help with muscular imbalances. Modalities such as electrical stimulation and utilizing cold packs can help reduce muscle spasm and inflammation. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help restore normal motion to the joint.
Once surgery of the hip is performed it cannot be undone if it doesn’t resolve the problem. It makes sense to exhaust non-surgical options, such as chiropractic care first for hip pain relief.
For over 125 years chiropractors have been providing hip pain relief for their patients. These patients have found their treatments to be safe, pleasant, cost effective and have been pleased with the non-invasive, drug-free approach.