Although hip pain is most commonly associated with older people, it can actually affect people of all ages.
The hips are complex joints, meaning many things can go wrong in the hips. These complications can lead to pain and discomfort in the hip area. The good news is that chiropractic offers effective methods for addressing and alleviating hip pain.
We rely on our hips for everything from walking, kicking to flexing. It can become excruciating to move if the essential parts of the body constantly cause you pain. If you are dealing with chronic hip pain, don’t continue to suffer unnecessarily. Consult with one of our St. Charles County chiropractors to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan.
The Causes of Hip Pain
Usually, hip pain isn’t caused by a single problem, but rather, it has several origins, including:
- Bursitis: A fluid-filled sac called the bursa surrounds your joints. It reduces friction and cushions the joint, but when it becomes inflamed, it results in bursitis.
- Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative process of the cartilage around your joints, often resulting from normal wear and tear.
- Overuse or muscle strain: If you are physically active or participate in many athletic activities, this is a common issue. Putting your body through the same movements for extended periods can lead to bruised or torn hip muscles.
- Transient osteoporosis: This is a reversible but painful condition that impacts some pregnant women and middle-aged men.
- Sciatica: The sciatic nerve extends from the pelvic area, on the back of the thigh, to the feet. When the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed or irritated, it can cause a condition called sciatica. This condition happens after an injury or prolonged pressure on the sciatic nerve, including a bulging disc, spinal degeneration, herniated disc, or osteoarthritis. Sciatica can cause radiating pain in different places on the body, including the lower back, the back of the legs, and the hips.
- Trauma: If you break or dislocate your hips, the pain can be immediate and severe and cause lasting trauma. Even if your bones do not break, your ligaments and muscles may be tense, sprained, or squeezed when you slip and fall.
- Overuse: Any joint and the soft tissues that support it can be overused. Overuse frequently happens to people who perform repetitive motions, like having to do the same movement over and over again every day for particular job activities. Athletes, dancers, and other physically active people commonly suffer from overused joints. To prevent excessive joint wear and tear from escalating to arthritis, we encourage active people to visit a chiropractor regularly. Our treatment can help reduce inflammation and improve mobility to keep your hips healthy and strong.
How a chiropractor can treat hip pain
Studies show that chiropractic care can lead to increased mobility and decrease the pain for patients experiencing hip pain.
If you’re looking to alleviate your pain without using pain medication or surgery, chiropractic care is the natural solution you are looking for.
Even if you have a condition that cannot be fully healed by chiropractic care, it can still lessen your symptoms. Our team of St. Peters chiropractors can offer you:
- Exercise and stretches: Your chiropractor can create a personalized exercise and stretching routine to help increase your hips’ range of motion and strengthen the muscles to help speed up the healing process.
- Spinal adjustments: Spinal adjustments aim to eliminate or reduce spinal misalignments that may be the source or cause worsening hip pain.
- Lifestyle adjustments: If you are participating in a behavior that may cause your hip pain, your chiropractor can help you identify it to offer solutions to help you change this habit for better health.
- Nutrition: Nutrition is a big part of overall health. Our chiropractors are trained to offer nutritional advice that can help you eat healthier, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the strain on your hips and help speed up your recovery.
If you want to learn more about how our chiropractors can work with you to treat your hip pain, contact us today. Our experienced team of chiropractors, located in St Peters, MO uses a unique blend of the best chiropractic, acupuncture, laser, massage, wellness, and nutrition-related services to offer various solutions to enhance your health.