The hip joint is the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint that allows for fluid movement during running, walking, and more.
There is a cushion of cartilage that helps prevent friction when the hip bone moves.
The hip is durable, but with age and use, this cushion can wear down or sustain an injury. So can the muscles, tendons, and bones surrounding the hip, caused by several conditions. These include:
- Arthritis, Avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis)
- Certain cancers
- Hip fractures
- Hip labral tear
- Muscle or tendon strain
Treating your hip is successful when the focus is on restoring the balance and function of the entire body. This starts from the ground up with the feet along with a chiropractic examination that determines the root cause, which in turn helps in making an informed decision on a treatment plan. This instead of merely reducing the pain and inflammation in the irritated areas.
Symptoms of Hip Pain
Depending on the condition that’s causing your hip pain, you might feel the discomfort in:
- Inside of the hip joint
- Outside of the hip joint
A Chiropractor along with custom orthotics can alleviate your hip pain with adjustments, rehab, icing/heating and resting the affected joint.
Your doctor or chiropractor can help you set up a stretching and strengthening exercise regimen that will improve your hip’s function and reduce your pain.
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When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the bones of the foot line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone. This can cause a condition called knock knees and it can change the way the entire body is aligned. This puts the body out of balance, destabilizing the spine, and can even cause the pelvis to tilt to one side or the other.
Weak Hip Abduction
Muscle imbalances in the hip, such as tight hip flexors, can cause low back pain – or at least contribute to it. When the hip flexor muscles are too tight, it causes what is known as an anterior pelvic tilt. Hip flexors can become too tight if the person sits for extended periods of time or engages in activities like cycling and jogging. A chiropractor can guide you through exercises that will help release the tight muscles and stop the micro spams that occur as a result.
If the health issue originates in the hip joint itself, common painful symptoms may often include groin pain on the affected side, which can occasionally radiate down the inner region of the thigh into the front of the leg. The painful symptoms can also travel to the knee, making healthcare professionals and patients believe their pain is associated with a knee problem rather than a hip problem