Hip Pain Relief
Hip pain relief starts with a proper diagnosis of the problem at hand. The first step in finding relief is an examination of the area followed by a functional evaluation to find out where the dysfunction is coming from. To fully understand hip pain we must first understand the anatomy of the joint.
• The hip joint forms the connection between the lower limb and the pelvic girdle. It is a strong and stable multiaxial ball and socket type of synovial joint. The femoral head is the ball, and the acetabulum is the socket. The hip joint is designed for stability over a wide range of motions.
• The hip joint is comprised of articular cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.
• Movements at the hip joint include flexion-extension, abduction-adduction, medial-lateral rotation, and circumduction.
Why is it important for the hip joint to be functioning properly?
- During standing alone, the entire weight of the upper body is transmitted through the hip bones to the heads and necks of the femurs.
- Proper hip function can help prevent and correct faulty movement patterns during walking, running, exercising, and activities of daily living
- Proper hip function can also help prevent low back, neck, shoulder, and foot pain
Most common hip complaints:
• The most common hip complaints are pain in the anterior hip capsule (front)/ this could be a pinching type of pain with certain movements, a decreased range of motion, generalized tightness around the hip capsule, pain down the side or back of the upper leg, snapping or clicking inside the hip joint with certain motions, or just a generalized ache in the joint.
Reasons for needed hip pain relief:
• Lower-crossed syndrome: MOST COMMON-Muscle imbalances of the lower half of the body that typically alter the performance of movement patterns including activities of daily living, and creating instability of the joint.
- These muscle imbalances will bring about poor posture, and will over-stress both hip joints and the lower back.
- Common weak/inhibited muscles: gluteus maximus/medius/miniumus, abdominal wall
- Common tight/short muscles: hip flexors, adductors, hamstrings, erector spinae (muscles of spine), and other low back stabilizing muscles.
-Can result in hip dysfunction and hip DJD if left untreated over a long period of time.
• Hip osteoarthritis/DJD:
-Due to muscle imbalances over time and a poor functioning hip
-severe cases results in a hip replacement
-more common in older adults
• Avascular Necrosis: (less common reason, but needs to be ruled out)
-disrupted blood supply to the head of the femur
-usually as a result of a fracture or dislocation
-Dislocations: congenital (at birth) or from injury
Treatment: To get hip pain relief!
• Chiropractic adjustments to restricted joints of the spine, pelvis, hip, and feet
• Stretching/muscle work of tight/overactive muscles
• Strengthening of weak/inhibited muscles
• Rehabilitation program
• This is something chiropractors see and treat EVERY day!
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