You rely on your hips for everything from walking to kicking to bending. Obviously, it’s hard to get around if essential body parts continually ache. If you have hip pain, don’t suffer needlessly. Here are four common causes of hip pain that can be treated with chiropractic care.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory joint disease and the most common cause of hip pain among older adults. It causes stiffness, swelling, joint degeneration, and progressive cartilage loss. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another inflammatory disease that causes joint pain. Rather than being caused by wear and tear, RA is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks healthy tissues as if they were foreign invaders.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve runs from your pelvic region down the back of your thigh all the way to your feet. Inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve results in sciatica. This condition results from any injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can include bulging discs, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, or osteoarthritis. Sciatica can cause radiating pain in various places in your body, including your lower back, the backs of your legs, and your hips.

Overuse
Athletes, dancers, and other physically active people experience hip pain as a result of overuse. The joint and surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments become inflamed and irritated, making it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle. To prevent excessive joint wear and tear from developing into arthritis, we encourage active individuals to visit a chiropractor regularly. Our treatment can help reduce inflammation and improve mobility to help your hips stay healthy and strong.

Trauma
While overuse injuries occur gradually, traumatic injuries aren’t so subtle. If you fracture or dislocate your hip, the pain can be immediate and severe. Even if you don’t break any bones, your ligaments and muscles may be strained, sprained, or bruised as a result of slipping and falling. The pain from these injuries may keep you bedridden for weeks. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help you heal faster. By helping to relax muscle spasms and strengthen weak joints, you can recover from your traumatic injury and get back on your feet faster than if you skip chiropractic treatments.

How can chiropractic help?
After performing a careful physical examination and evaluating your familial and personal history, a doctor of chiropractic can work to determine the source of your hip pain. A chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan that could include chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, posture advice, stretching, massage, coordination with other health practitioners, and more. Treatments will aim to reduce inflammation, relax any existing muscle spasms, strengthen weakened muscles, and improve the mobility of the joint.

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