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Hip pain and chiropractic care: Benefits and what to expect

By: Dr. Diego Bignone, DC | https://www.beachcitieschiropractor.com/


Hip pain is a common complaint, affecting people of all ages and activity levels. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injuries, arthritis, and overuse. Chiropractic care can be an effective way to relieve hip pain and improve range of motion.




What causes hip pain?

Hip pain is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injuries, arthritis, and overuse. While hip pain can be a debilitating condition, it is often treatable with conservative measures such as chiropractic care. There are many different causes of hip pain. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes the cartilage in the hip joint to break down. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and loss of motion in the hip.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints, including the hip joint. This can cause pain, swelling, and inflammation in the hip.

  • Bursitis: Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, which are small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints. There are several bursae in the hip, and any of them can become inflamed.

  • Tendinitis: Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons, which are the tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. There are several tendons in the hip, and any of them can become inflamed.

  • Injuries: Injuries to the hip, such as fractures, dislocations, and sprains, can also cause hip pain.

  • Overuse: Overuse of the hip joint, such as from running or jumping, can also cause hip pain.


How can chiropractic care help hip pain?

Chiropractors can help hip pain by:

  • Adjusting the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve the alignment of the spine and pelvis, which can reduce stress on the hip joint.

  • Releasing muscle tension. Chiropractors can also use massage and other techniques to release muscle tension in the hips and surrounding areas.

  • Strengthening the muscles around the hip joint. Chiropractors can recommend exercises and stretches to help strengthen the muscles around the hip joint, which can improve stability and reduce pain.


What to expect during chiropractic care for hip pain


During your first visit to a chiropractor, they will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical examination. They will also ask you about the nature of your hip pain, including when it started, what makes it better or worse, and any other symptoms you are experiencing.


Once the chiropractor has a good understanding of your condition, they will develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include chiropractic adjustments, massage, exercise therapy, and other therapies.



Benefits of chiropractic care for hip pain


Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in relieving hip pain and improving range of motion in people of all ages. A 2021 study found that chiropractic care was more effective than sham treatment in reducing hip pain and improving function in people with hip osteoarthritis.


Another study found that chiropractic care was effective in relieving hip pain in people with sciatica. Sciatica is a condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and down the legs.


Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for hip pain for most people. However, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting chiropractic care, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking any medications.


tips on how to help relieve hip pain


Ice and heat

Applying ice to the hip joint can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to the hip for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day. You can also try using heat therapy, such as a heating pad or warm bath, to help relax the muscles around the hip joint.


Stretching and strengthening exercises

Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises can help to improve flexibility and range of motion in the hip joint. However, it is important to avoid exercises that cause pain. If you are unsure which exercises are safe for you, talk to your doctor or chiropractor.


Maintain a healthy weight

Excess weight can put extra strain on the hip joint, which can worsen pain. Losing even a small amount of weight can help to reduce pain and improve mobility.


Use supportive shoes

Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning can help to reduce pain by absorbing shock and preventing the hip joint from rolling inward.


conclusion:


If you are suffering from hip pain, chiropractic care may be a safe and effective treatment option for you. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help relieve pain, improve range of motion, and promote overall healing.


If you are considering chiropractic care for your hip pain, be sure to talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can help you determine if chiropractic care is right for you and can refer you to a qualified chiropractor.


Citations

  • Bohl, T. L., et al. (2021). Effectiveness of chiropractic care for hip pain: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 44(1), 1-11.

  • Kaur, D., et al. (2018). Effectiveness of chiropractic care for sciatica: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 41(10), 754-768.

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