In reality this is not the case and Spinecare chiropractors can often achieve great results when treating hip pain complaints, even if there is some sign of degeneration or osteoarthritis within the hip joint.
What causes hip pain?
The term hip pain is often broadly used to describe pain from the hip joint itself (the acetabulum), as well as the groin and the sacro-iliac (SI joints) in the pelvis. As hip pain is used as a broad term there can many causes of hip pain. Hip pain can also be due to referral from the lumbar spine or as a result of knee, ankle and foot problems such as foot pronation (flat feet).The hip makes up part of the pelvic girdle and when pelvic imbalance or instability is present, it can cause the muscles in the region to work incorrectly and contribute to hip pain. When there is pelvic imbalance present, it can also lead to overuse injuries in the hip region especially in athletes and very active people. A common condition affecting footballers in particular is osteitis pubis, which results from overuse of the groin muscles due to repetitive running and kicking motions.Our Spinecare Adelaide chiropractors find that hip pain is often accompanied by lower back pain and the hip pain itself may actually be referred pain from the lower back and pelvis.
Sometimes when there is an underlying lower back problem, it can change the way you sit or stand and put more pressure on one hip or the other. This in itself maybe enough to cause hip pain. Similarly, if there is a lower back problem, pain can radiate into the hips, buttocks and down the legs and is commonly referred to as sciatica.Do you or anyone you know suffer from very achy hips, especially when you are lying in bed during the night? Trochanteric bursitis is a condition where the bursa around the hip joint becomes very inflamed and painful. By helping to restore optimal function to the pelvic girdle as well as the hip joints themselves, Spinecare chiropractors may be able to help you to a better nights sleep. During the day at work or at home you can spend up to eight hours on your feet.
Problems such as flat feet or foot pronation can be a major factor in causing increased pressure through the hips and therefore hip pain. Spinecare chiropractors are able to assess your feet and ankles too and suggest solutions if your foot is a contributing factor to your hip pain.
Hip pain can also be caused by wear and tear or arthritis. Hip arthritis is when there is damage to the cartilage and bone within the hip joint itself. In extreme cases medical intervention may be required; however many times the pain may be managed conservatively through safe and effective chiropractic care.
Can children have hip pain?
Hip pain in children is definitely NOT NORMAL and should not simply be passed off as ‘growing pains.’ If your child complains of hip pain they should be assessed by a Spinecare chiropractor as some hip conditions can be serious. Conditions including Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Slipped Femoral Capital Epiphysis (SFCE), undiagnosed Congenital Hip Dislocation or Hip Dysplasia can all leave permanent damage if not assessed and treated thoroughly.
How can Spinecare Chiropractic help with hip pain?
Hip pain is an incredibly common problem and many factors need to be assessed in determining the cause of hip pain. Too often, hip pain is blamed on arthritisalone and you are told to put up with the pain.This does NOT need to be the case. If you suffer from hip pain, make an appointment to have your problem assessed thoroughly by a Spinecare Adelaide chiropractor during Your Initial Consultation. Spinecare Chiropractic prides itself on providing safe, professional and painless treatment for hip pain relief.As well as our work in the clinic, our chiropractors may also provide advice, stretches or exercises to help speed up your recovery and reduce the chance of future relapses.The solution to your hip pain may be quicker and simpler than you imagined!