Chiropractic Care for Hip Pain
By Amy Silva
Hip pain is often associated with the elderly, but it can strike people of all ages and have different causes aside from medical conditions related to aging. Chiropractic care should be considered when experiencing hip pain, as it may reduce or eliminate the need for over-the-counter or prescription medications. There are also things you can do that could possibly help prevent certain issues that cause hip pain, as well as manage mild to moderate pain at home. At-home treatments can be used in addition to seeing a chiropractor.
Causes of Hip Pain
- Arthritis - Arthritis doesn't just affect older people; it can also be hereditary and affect young people. If a type of arthritis is the cause for your hip pain you can't be healed with chiropractic care, but you may find symptom relief after having adjustments.
- Tendonitis or sports injuries - Sometimes hips can hurt because they're overworked. This can happen to athletes or those who exercise a lot in general. It can also happen to those with physical jobs where they have to move a lot throughout the day or walk for long periods of time. Overusing the hip joints might put strain on tendons, muscles or cartilage and cause issues resulting in discomfort.
- Age - As we age, we can begin to lose mobility and wear and tear on our joints becomes more apparent even if we don't have medical issues such as arthritis. Discomfort can often be managed by home treatments and chiropractic care.
Can Chiropractic Care Help Hip Pain?
It's possible that seeing a chiropractor may help lessen hip pain by manipulating the joint, or even adjusting the spine, depending on the cause of the pain. If it's due to arthritis, a chiropractor won't be able to cure you or reverse your arthritis, but they may be able to reduce the pain associated with it. For this and other issues related to the hip joints, such as a sports or work-related injury, bad posture or others, chiropractic care might increase mobility or correct alignment which in turn provides relief from hip pain.
Home Treatments for Hip Pain
- Get plenty of rest
- Avoid overworking the hips
- Applying heat or ice
- Gentle stretches or low impact exercises
A visit at The Joint to assess your issue is a great first step toward possible relief without medical intervention. For mild to moderate pain, chiropractic care in conjunction with home treatments may be all you need to manage pain and possibly heal, depending on the cause. The Joint Chiropractic is open evenings and weekends for your convenience, and no appointment is necessary.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.