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Chiropractic Care May Treat Sports-Related Hip Pain In Youths

While I’ve known for a while now (fortunately, not from personal experience) that hip pain isn’t really that rare in today’s society, I am still learning about causes of hip pain that really do continue to shock and surprise me. This was definitely the case when I found myself reading an article by Chiro Nexus that described how doctors are noticing an increasing amount of youths with hip pain. The article went on to explain that this was often caused by sports related injuries and strains, when it was not a condition that was present from birth.

I was curious to learn more about the link between youth, sports, and hip pain, and so I did some more reading. That’s how I learned about the condition known as Femeroacetabular Impingement (FAI for short, to make it much easier on all of us who don’t have any sort of degree in medical science).

So what is FAI, why are more kids and teenagers developing it, and what can be done to treat it? FAI occurs when the hip bones become unnaturally shaped and begin to rub against each other in an abnormal manner. This damages the joint, and often causes muscle weakness, aches and pains in the hip area, and a loss of mobility and movement. While FAI can develop in a person from birth, or can be caused by the wear and tear of old age, more and more youths are starting to develop it as well, due to an increase in sports-related activities.

Now to be clear, a healthy amount of running around, or a weekly game of baseball, isn’t very likely to cause FAI to develop in a youth. It is a condition that is much more commonly seen in youths who are working towards a professional athletic career, or who rigorously practice athletics all year long, with no kind of break or off season to speak of. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help.

Since FAI is unfortunately commonly misdiagnosed, it’s a good idea to see a licensed chiropractor on a regular basis, especially if you have been dealing with hip pain. Your doctor of chiropractic can examine you for the signs and symptoms associated with FAI, and can work with you to come up with an individualized personal treatment plan that relies on all natural remedies and methods. These may include performing certain stretches at home, or changing up your diet.

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