Do you have trouble moving around because of a hip problem? Is it difficult to walk up or down the stairs, or even to turn your body on the bed? Hip pain is a big problem for a lot of people. The hip is the largest ball and socket joint in the body, and if it’s painful, you will find a lot of daily activities very challenging to do.
Causes of Hip Pain
Hip problems can occur suddenly, and they may be caused by trauma to the area. The bones may have a fracture or strained muscles and joints, either due to a traumatic accident or from overuse or misuse through repetitive motions.
For older individuals, hip pain may be due to degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis of the hip joint. Other conditions like hernia or aneurysm can refer pain to the hips, even without a connection to it, making diagnosis a bit more challenging.
Still in other instances, bony misalignments also produce pain in the hips, caused by poor posture and environmental stress. When there’s a misalignment, the nerves become irritated, which can lead to pain felt during movement. This is one of the most common causes of hip pain.
Treatment of Hip Pain
There are many ways to treat hip pain. Some patients take medications for pain relief, while others opt for surgery to address the problem. Still, more and more patients are wary of these traditional measures and are looking for alternative treatments that are both holistic and natural. If you belong to this last group, you’d probably benefit from having chiropractic care for your hips.
A chiropractor specializes in spinal adjustment to bring pain relief. When vertebrae or joints are misaligned, the nerves become irritated and cause pain. With manual adjustments, the misaligned vertebrae are brought into place, bringing immediate pain relief.
Chiropractic care is more than just spinal manipulation though. The chiropractor may also advise you to do stretching exercises—particularly yoga—to help strengthen and balance the muscles in your hip joints. Deep tissue massage may be done, and heat packs and nutritional counseling may be part of the treatment plan so that your whole body, not just your hips, will enjoy optimal health in the future.
While hip problems are definitely painful and cause a lot of inconvenience, you don’t need medications or surgery to help you deal with the pain. With chiropractic care, you get pain relief the holistic and natural way.