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The Common Causes of Hip Pain

By Sara Butler

Back pain is quite common, but hip pain is right up there with it. That's because a lot of the same tendons and muscles responsible for lower back pain are also the culprits behind hip pain. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to understand the common causes of hip pain so that you can avoid adding it to your list of ailments.

Sciatica

Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back down each leg to the toes. It's the largest nerve in the body and when something goes wrong with it, you feel it! When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated by pressure placed on it by a tendon or muscle that is inflamed, then the pain can radiate down your legs but also into your hips and thigh. This pain can be anything from numbness and tingling to burning and dull pain to sharp pain. If you think you have sciatica, then it's important to bring it to the attention of the chiropractor so they can help you determine the root cause and help you find relief.

Exercise

Exercise is good for you, but if you go a little overboard you can irritate the soft tissue and fascia that surrounds your joints and cause inflammation and irritation in the joint. The hips are used a lot in many different types of exercise so it's no wonder that hip pain often strikes people who spend a lot of time at the gym. You can avoid this by starting slow when trying out a new exercise and making sure to stretch before your workout to help prevent conditions that can lead to hip pain.

A Crummy Mattress

Your mattress can do a lot for your health, but a bad mattress can do just as much damage! If you're not being adequately supported by your mattress at night, then back and hip pain can result. Make sure you have a mattress that isn't too old and also one that supports your body as needed. Utilize pillows to help support your hips and lower back if you need a little extra support throughout the night. If you have questions about the type of mattress that's best for you, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint for some helpful suggestions.

Don't ignore hip pain. If you're suffering from it, then talk to a chiropractor today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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