Do you realize that your hip is the most used but most commonly neglected part of your body? Think about your everyday body movements. Even a slight pain in the hip can make you feel weak. Whether it is sitting upright, bearing weight, walking, running, playing, etc.
The discomfort may be felt in other associated muscles like:
- Inside or outside hip joint
Among older adults, osteoarthritis is the most common cause of hip pain. It involves a cycle of progressive cartilage loss and joint degeneration. This degenerative disease has no real “cure.” There are ways to slow its progression and prevent symptoms from worsening.
The hip joint is located between your thigh bone and pelvis. Problems affecting the hip joints become immediately noticeable to your chiropractor as it limits your motion during walking. Dysfunction of the hip is most commonly due to pelvic misalignment.
The thighbone (femur) and socket (acetabulum) arrangement make the body’s largest fits together in such a way that allows fluid movement. Cushion cartilage help prevent friction and makes it a very durable part of the body. It does not let you ignore those slight discomforts. With use and ageing, it can wear down or be damaged.
Inward rotation of the femur is the most common partial dislocation of the hip. Even a minor misalignment in childhood can lead to various symptoms in adulthood. Over time malfunctions occur in the muscles, then the tendons, and finally the bursa.
The common symptoms are:
Iliopsoas Muscle Spasm felt as a sharp inguinal (groin) pain. This pain can be misdiagnosed as ovarian cysts, intestinal cramps or constipation.
A Snapping MP with mild aching when climbing stairs. This is often due to stretched tendons improperly gliding over joint surfaces.
Trochanteric Bursitis – a diffuse and deep pain of the gluteal or muscles that produce shape of buttocks and thigh region, especially when sleeping. This is often misdiagnosed as “arthritis.”
Is your pelvis causing the hip pain? or is your hip problem is causing pelvic instability? Only your chiropractor can tell you about it. After performing a careful physical examination and evaluating your personal history, a chiropractor will devise a strategy with chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, posture advice, stretching and massage. Chiropractors will assess hip function as part of your health care. It had been found that over 80% osteoarthritis had been found helpful with chiropractic session.
Don’t forget, these problems can be well controlled with regular adjustments and at-home stretching.
Happy Health and Happy living from All Care Family Chiropractic and Massage!