The hip joints and muscles are a vital part of how we move and function on a daily basis. Moving from sitting to standing, changing directions, lifting, walking and running all use the hip joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. When hip joints are not functioning properly, not only can there be significant pain associated with it, but one’s whole daily routine and quality of life is affected.
What are the common causes of hip pain?
Many hip difficulties are due to:
- Arthritis which causes inflammation or stiffness in the hip joints
- Tendinitis associated with inflamed tendons due to overuse
- Hip fracture usually high on the femur near the hip joint
- Pinched nerves and slipped discs
- Injuries of hip muscles including sprains, strains or tears
- Dislocation of the hip joint
What are the kinds of pain associated with hip pain?
When the pain occurs on the inside of the hip or near the groin area, the pain is often the result of the hip joint itself. However, if the pain occurs on the outside of the hip, on the top of the thigh or near the far lower back and outer buttock region, the cause is in the connective tissue surrounding the hip joint, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments.
What can a chiropractor do to help relieve hip pain?
A chiropractor can manually adjust and realign the hip joint and spinal column to alleviate undue pressure on the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons that become inflamed and irritated when the bone structure is out of alignment. With the help of X-rays and MRIs, a chiropractor can pinpoint the direct cause of the pain and alleviate it by adjusting the bones and joints that are causing the pain, reduce tension of affected connective tissues, increase blood circulation to the area and promote healing, flexibility and range of motion to the hip area.
For a professional consultation about chronic hip pain or discomfort from accident or injury, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.