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Treating Hip Pain with Chiropractic Care
One of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body is the hip. Your hip joint is used constantly during the day for basic activities like walking, sitting, and exercising, and it supports your leg and upper body movements as well. People who suffer from hip pain may find that it drastically limits mobility, making everyday movements and activities difficult or even impossible to do.
Hip pain is a common experience for many people, which depending on where the pain is located can be caused by a number of different reasons. The location of the pain can help identify what the underlying issue is so you can find the right treatment and mitigate the pain.
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Diagnosing where your Hip Pain is originating with Chiropractic Care
The different causes of hip pain can mean different symptoms and varying severities. Common symptoms include limping and the inability to put weight on your affected hip, joint pain, swelling and tenderness, and a loss of mobility.
It’s also quite possible for your hip pain to be felt in other related areas of the body, which is known as referred pain. Your groin area, upper thighs, knees, and buttocks can be affected if you are suffering from a hip injury. Sometimes the only symptom of an issue with your hip joint is a pain in another area of the body, so if you are feeling pain in an area near your hips, be sure to seek medical attention and check if your hip is the root cause.
The hip joint is complex, but it’s designed to help your body move easily and fluidly, with the strength to cope with repeated motion and strenuous movements. It’s one of the strongest and most stable joints in your body, held together by muscles and tendons that surround it. When those muscles, ligaments, and tendons are put under repeated stress, they can become inflamed or swollen, which causes pain.
The cause of your hip pain can often be determined by its location. If you feel pain on the inside of your hip or groin area, the hip joint itself may be the problem; if you feel pain on the outside of your hip, on your upper thigh or buttock, the surrounding soft tissue may be what’s causing it.
Repetitive stress is a common cause of hip pain, but there can be more serious causes as well that warrant proper treatment. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are common causes of hip pain, especially for those who are older. However, juvenile idiopathic arthritis can occur as well. Other causes can include herniated discs or pinched nerve issues like sciatica, bone cancer and leukemia, osteoporosis, and types of bone infections.
Of course, injuries to the hip area are also a cause of pain. Bursitis is a type of joint inflammation where fluid-filled sacs around the joint become inflamed, resulting in swelling and discomfort. Pain can also be caused by accidents resulting in serious injuries, like dislocation, fractures, hernias, labral tears, and sprains.
Many athletes, including dancers and runners, experience pain in their hip flexor muscles at some point in their lives. Hip flexor pain may be indicative of a hip flexor injury or hip flexor strain.
It is possible to treat some types of hip pain yourself with rest, ice packs, compression, and elevation, as long as the pain isn’t too bad. However, if the pain gets worse or if it does not go away after two weeks with the use of painkillers, it is important to see your doctor right away.
If the cause of your hip pain has resulted from a fall, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment, as you could have seriously injured yourself and will need proper care. Other reasons to see your doctor are if daily activities and movements are getting more difficult or impossible, or if you feel feverish, unwell, or are experiencing weight loss.
A minor muscle or tendon strain that is causing hip pain can often be relieved with rest and over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants. For more serious pain or pain that isn’t going away on its own even after using medication, more serious treatments and therapies are most likely necessary in order to achieve relief.
If your life has been affected by hip pain, the treatments offered at Icon Medical Centers can be your relief. You will find hip specialists who can diagnose where your pain is coming from and help you find the right treatment for you so you can heal and get back to your life. Chiropractic adjustments could help alleviate pain, depending on the nature of the issue, or if a more serious treatment like surgery is required, the experts at Icon Medical Centers can help with that as well.
At Icon Medical Centers, we offer a number of treatments and physical therapy to any patient suffering from hip pain. Our team of doctors are highly qualified and specialized and are ready to diagnose and treat your hip problems. Please do not hesitate to contact us to book an appointment with one of our specialists so your healing journey and road to pain relief can begin. Our team is standing by ready for your visit.