Chiropractic Care for Hip Pain
Most of us think of chiropractic care for treating neck pain and back pain, but it can really be helpful for any joint pain in the body. You may not have your joints adjusted in the same way as you would your neck or your back, but your chiropractor at Yellow Gazebo can certainly help with a much more extensive breadth of pain varieties than you might think. And one of these types of pain is hip pain!
What causes hip pain?
Your hip joint has a lot of muscle attaching to bone, and while this means there’s not a lot of flexibility in the joint, there is definitely a lot of stability. In addition, there is cartilage in the joint that helps with cushioning, and so you can work the hip a fair amount before any real issues set in. However, age and overuse do eventually take their toll. Muscles, ligaments and tendons eventually wear down, and in some case bones can degrade or break. This will certainly cause hip pain, and you may need to have some manual therapy done to minimize your symptoms. If you are feeling some pain in one or both of your hips, here are some common reasons why that may be:
Arthritis. Osteoarthritis and (to a lesser extent) rheumatoid arthritis are the major causes of hip pain, especially in older adults. Arthritis leads to inflammation and the breaking down of cartilage in your hip joint, which in turn leads to pain.
Tendonitis and Bursitis. Tendons are tissue that attach bones to muscle, while bursae are sacs of liquid that help cushion between muscles, tendons and bones.Repetitive use can cause inflammation of tendons and bursae.
Strains or Tears. Usually an athletic injury or some other kind of trauma, strains and tears in tissue around your hip joint can be especially painful.
How Can Chiropractic Treat Hip Pain?
Since chiropractic care revolves around re-aligning your body, different techniques to realign your spine can help bring everything back into proper alignment. With your hips being so close to your spine, this is especially so, but this works even in the case of pain further away from your spine. And like with other types of pain, your chiropractor will not only adjust your spine to facilitate quicker healing, they will also work on the soft tissue around your joint to help the muscle fibres as needed. This work might be with a low-level laser, or with their hands using any number of a variety of treatment options available.
Whatever your chiropractor does to help, it will only be after a proper assessment and history-taking, and ensuring that the treatment they perform is specific to your needs. If you have questions about your concerns and would like to schedule an appointment, please call the clinic at 416-909-2334, or use the online booking link below. We look forward to seeing you soon!