Hip Pain? Chiropractic Care Can Help
By Paul Rothbart
The hips are one of the hardest working body parts. As they are the joint that connects the body to the torso, they get used heavily when walking, running, or jumping. They also help support the upper body while just standing and sitting. Pain in the hips is common and can occur for a variety of reasons. Chiropractic care can get to the source of the pain and make an adjustment to relieve it. Read on to learn the most common causes of hip pain.
Many joints and muscles are subject to pain from overuse and the hips are high on that list. Dancers and athletes in particular put a lot of strain on their hips, but anyone who leads a physically active lifestyle may be prone to hip pain. This would include people whose jobs have them on their feet and walking all day. This can cause inflammation which then becomes painful. Regular chiropractic treatments can reduce inflammation and increase flexibility and range of motion. In addition to pain relief, this can help prevent arthritis in the hips.
Common in older adults, osteoarthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints that is the leading cause of hip pain in that age group. It is characterized by inflammation, stiffness, and the breakdown of cartilage. No cure for arthritis currently exists, but research has found that chiropractic care may relieve symptoms and slow their progression. A 2010 study found that 4 out of 5 patients with arthritis in their hips found significant relief after nine or fewer chiropractic visits.
Hip pain can also be the result of sciatica. Running from the pelvis down the back of the thighs to the feet, if the sciatic nerve is injured or pressured in any way it can cause pain. This pain is generally felt in the back, thighs, and hips. Arthritis and subluxations in the spine are common causes of sciatica. A chiropractor can perform adjustments to correct subluxations and relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can reduce the pain of sciatica. A study conducted in 2012 found that nearly two-thirds of people with sciatica were able to avoid surgery by finding relief of their symptoms with chiropractic treatments.
Hip pain is common, especially in older adults and people who are very active. But you don't have to suffer with it. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Many people have found relief from their hip pain, no matter the cause, by regularly seeing a chiropractor. It may work for you too.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Fla.