Many people experience pain in their hip and pelvic sacroiliac joint areas that are helped with chiropractic treatment.
The hip joint is a common source of pain. Likewise, a joint in the buttock area, called the sacroiliac joint can cause discomfort. The sacroiliac joint is in the posterior pelvic area on both sides of the body. These joints are related and must be evaluated together when hoping to achieve relief of pain.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint and is the largest joint of the body. Like the shoulder and thumb it is one of only three joints in the body that moves in all directions.
The sacroiliac joints are gliding joints in the pelvis and move gently back and forth when we are walking.
Sometimes the sacroiliac joints can become misaligned or move improperly. This can result in pain in the buttock area. If the pelvis is misaligned or moves improperly it can affect one or both hip joints and cause them to be irritated also.
Chiropractors are doctors who look at patient’s physical structure. A chiropractor can evaluate a patient’s sacroiliac joints for misalignment or abnormal movement and determine if this is also causing irritation to one or both hip joints.
If there is a structural problem in the pelvic sacroiliac joints and hip joints a chiropractor will give what are called “adjustments” to correct the abnormality. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle and effective. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to perform adjustments by hand or by utilizing specialized treatment tables that patient’s lie on or by using an instrument.
Chiropractic care has been helping patients with hip and a pelvic sacroiliac joint problems for over 125 years without the use of potentially harmful pain medications or invasive surgery.
Many people with sleep disorders are regularly helped with chiropractic care. Most people know that chiropractic care can help with neck or back pain. But many may be surprised to find that chiropractors have been helping people to get better sleep for over 125 years.
A large portion of the population have problems initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, early awakening and lack restorative sleep. Not only does this leave a person exhausted and have less than abundant energy but it can affect relationships and possibly create danger if that person is driving a car or caring for children.
Research also shows that poor sleep can also lead to chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain. A study in the scientific journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, November 2018 found over the course of an 18-year study, participants who developed problems with sleep had almost double the risk for developing chronic widespread pain.
Chiropractic care evaluates a person to see if neck or back pain or discomfort of other areas of the body can be helped naturally. A doctor of chiropractic will evaluate the patient’s spinal vertebrae for misalignment or improper movement. If an abnormality is found the chiropractor can utilize safe, gentle, effective chiropractic adjustments to correct the misalignment/movement problem helping to reduce or eliminate pain.
Once patient’s discomfort and pain levels are reduced they find it easier to relax and reach a normal level of calming. It is common for these people to achieve much better sleep. They can fall asleep easily and maintain their sleep through normal hours of the night and awaken refreshed and restored.
I’d like to tell you about a patient I’ve known for many years. Her name is Jennifer. Jennifer initially came to my office 15 years ago. She had constant achiness, tension and tightness in her neck, shoulders and mid back. She suffered from headaches every day. She was a working, single mother with two children and her pain made it difficult for her to be able to concentrate at her job and to have the energy needed to take care of her kids.
Her condition had started several years before. She’d been in two whiplash auto accidents that had injured her neck. But, as she was busy, she had not seen any healthcare professionals for treatment of her injuries. As a result, her problems gradually worsened. She finally got to a point where she knew something had to be done. That’s when she came to my office.
We found the ranges of motion in her neck was very restricted and painful and she had significant muscle spasms.
To help her I utilized gentle chiropractic methods to realign her spine. After her neck movements were improved and her muscle spasms were reduced we used more traditional chiropractic adjusting methods. As Jennifer’s problems were corrected she felt better and, eventually, was pain free.
I tell you about this case because many people and healthcare professionals have concern that chiropractic treatment might be harmful. When initially meeting with a patient, chiropractors are trained to determine if we can help. Sometimes we may not be able to use traditional chiropractic methods, however we are trained in many other gentle “soft touch” chiropractic care treatments that are safe and effective. If I can help a patient, I’ll let them know. If I can’t help, I will also let them know.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is involved in an accident please call our office. We are always ready to help you in your quest for good health.
Chiropractic therapy and specific exercises for the neck muscles have been shown to be one of the most effective treatment methods to help patients suffering from neck pain. For over 100 years chiropractic care has been helping patients who have neck discomfort.
Most people know that chiropractors help those with neck discomfort by finding and correcting misalignments and improperly moving joints of bones of the neck called the cervical vertebrae. This helps alleviate pain that may have begun suddenly from an accident or may have accumulated through minor irritations and poor head and neck posture.
In addition to utilizing “spinal adjustments” to correct physical abnormalities of the cervical spine doctors of chiropractic also train patients to perform strengthening and stretching exercises which enhance outcomes. These exercises speed healing and pain relief and help, long-term, to improve upper body posture to keep painful conditions from recurring.
These exercises are simple and easy to perform and take very little time. No exercise equipment is needed. The patient is educated to perform the exercises on their own.
By utilizing methods of chiropractic care and specific stretching and strengthening neck exercises a great majority of patients can avoid taking pain medications and invasive surgery and gain relief from neck pain.
Many may be unaware that a condition called frozen shoulder may be helped with chiropractic care. A frozen shoulder, sometimes called adhesive capsulitis is a painful restriction of the shoulders range of motion. It occurs in about 3% of adults. Typically, it occurs from trauma to the shoulder or overuse of the shoulder joint.
The shoulder joint is called a ball and socket joint. Along with the hip and thumb joints it is one of three joints in the body that can move in every direction. Because of this there are many muscles, tendons and ligaments associated with this joint. There is also an anatomical structure called the capsule which surrounds the joint and produces a lubricating fluid. This lubricating fluid is contained within the capsule.
When adhesive capsulitis occurs the patient may suffer from a mild discomfort and minimal loss of range of motion of the shoulder to excruciating pain and complete loss of ability to use the upper extremity. One research study published in the Journal of Back in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, October 2018 showed that of 148 adults, have of whom had frozen shoulder identified a strong association between pain, anxiety, and sleep disturbance. The findings suggest that anxiety and disturb sleep are common among patients with frozen shoulder.
Fortunately, chiropractic care, is a conservative, safe, cost-effective therapy aimed at reducing pain in improving motion of the affected shoulder joint.
Doctors of chiropractic have been helping patients with frozen shoulders for over 125 years. If a patient is looking for a nonsurgical, drug-free treatment for shoulder pain they should consider chiropractic consultation for help.