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Hip Pain

Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. Hip-related pain is not always felt directly over the hip.

Instead, you may feel it in the middle of your thigh. Similarly, pain you feel in the hip may actually reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the underlying problem.

If you have hip pain, some common causes include:

Arthritis
Arthritis is among the most frequent causes of hip pain, and there are many treatments available. If conservative treatments fail, hip replacement surgery is an option.

Trochanteric Bursitis
Trochanteric bursitis is an extremely common problem that causes inflammation of the bursa over the outside of the hip joint.

Tendonitis
Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons that surround the hip joint. The most frequently encountered tendonitis around the hip is iliotibial band (IT band) tendonitis.

Osteonecrosis
Osteonecrosis is a condition that occurs when blood flow to an area of bone is restricted. If an inadequate amount of blood flow reaches the bone, the cells will die and the bone may collapse. One of the most common places for osteonecrosis to occur is in the hip joint.

Lumbar Pain - Referred Symptoms
Many back and spine problems can cause symptoms around the buttocks and hip. The most common problems that refer pain to the hip region are herniated discs and sciatica.

Snapping Hip Syndrome
Snapping hip syndrome is a word used to describe three distinct hip problems. The first is when the IT band snaps over the outside of the thigh. The second occurs when the deep hip flexor snaps over the front of the hip joint. Finally, tears of the cartilage, or labrum, around the hip socket can cause a snapping sensation. Muscle Strains
Strains of the muscles around the hip and pelvis can cause pain and spasm. The most common strains are groin pulls and hamstring strains.

Hip Fracture
Hip fractures are most common in elderly patients with osteoporosis. Treatment of broken hips requires surgery to either replace the broken portion or repair it with a metal plate and screws.

Childhood Hip Problems:

Developmental Dysplasia
When the hips are dislocated or out of position in infancy, the joint may not develop properly. While this is not usually painful as a child, it will lead to early arthritis and problems with walking.

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Also called Perthes disease, this is a problem similar to osteonecrosis (see above) but in childhood. If severe, it can lead to permanent damage to this hip joint and early arthritis.

Here are some common treatments for hip pain:

Rest: The first treatment for most conditions that cause hip pain is to rest the joint, and allow the acute inflammation to subside. Often this is the only step needed to relieve hip pain. If the symptoms are severe, crutches or a cane may be helpful as well. Ice and Heat Application: Ice packs and heat pads are among the most commonly used treatments for inflammation.

Stretching: Stretching the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with some causes of hip pain. A good routine should be established, and following some specific suggestions will help you on your way.

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors use different modalities to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return patients to their pre-injury level of activity.

Your chiropractor will determine the cause of your leg and hip pain. Fractures or mestatic disease will result in being referred to another specialist, however most other ailments can be treated by spinal adjustments. Additionally your chiropractor will discuss exercises to rehabilitate and stabilize the injured and misaligned spinal structures. Diet, posture, and work habits, may be examined because true health will be achieved when the true causes are identified and corrected.

What can I do to prevent hip injury?

Avoid activities that raise one of your hips above the other for extended periods of time, like running on an uneven surface. Running on a treadmill can keep your hips level. Warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch your hips, low back, and thighs. Avoid falls. Wear hip pads for contact sports like football and hockey. For those at high risk for a hip fracture, pads with a streamline design can be worn in undergarments. Learn how to prevent osteoporosis.

Why did I get arthritis?

Wear and tear causes calcified deposits in joints. The cartilage at the ends of the bones deteriorates and becomes rough, causing friction. Tendons, ligaments, and muscles attached to the joint become weak, allowing the joint to deform. Arthritis can be a sign that there is an imbalance in your system. When you have an imbalance, you are susceptible to various diseases which can settle in weak areas of your body.

How can we prevent tendonitis?

The prevention of tendonitis should focus on the avoidance of kneeling that causes friction and mechanical trauma on the knees. If kneeling is necessary, knee pads and sitting/kneeling support should be used. Working for prolonged periods with arms above shoulder level causes friction on the bursa of the shoulder. To avoid tendonitis in the shoulder, it is necessary to raise the worker by using a platform or to lower the work object.

How do I prevent muscle strains?

To help prevent muscle strains in your legs, you can:

    • Warm up before you participate in high-risk sports
    • Follow an exercise program aimed at stretching and strengthening your leg muscles
    • Increase the intensity of your training program gradually. Never push yourself too hard, too soon