How chiropractic care can help with treating your sore hips
Hip pain symptoms can present in your back, thigh, groin, buttocks or knee
Got sore hips? You’re not alone. It’s a common pain point that affects people of all ages and all abilities. After all, your hip is a major weight-bearing joint that is designed to provide stability and strength to your body.
In this blog, we will help you understand more about how your hip works, how it’s commonly damaged, and what you can do to help prevent pain or discomfort. Read on to find out more.
Your Hip Joint
Your hip is a complex ball and socket joint that connects the top of your femur bone (or thigh bone) to your pelvis. What’s significant about your hip is that it has numerous parts to help it function. It’s comprised of bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons and synovial capsule and fluid. In fact, your hip joint is covered by several muscles including your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abductors in your legs; your iliopsoas in your lower back and pelvis; and gluteal muscles in your buttocks. As such, when this joint suffers overuse or damage during everyday wear and tear, it can cause sore hips. Here’s how.
Hip Pain Causes
It’s common to experience symptoms of hip pain in other areas of your body like your back, thigh, groin, buttocks or behind the knee. Generally, the cause of hip pain falls into two categories: muscle strains and tightness, or joint conditions.
Muscle strains and tightness from exercise or everyday wear and tear can cause sore hips. Often, failure to warm up properly before exercise triggers injuries like groin pulls and hamstring strains. Your lower back can also be affected by referral pain from tightness around your buttocks and hips too.
Joint conditions can develop from fatigue, overuse, or improper use of the muscle. Common conditions we diagnose from patients presenting with hip pain include:
When wear and tear causes swelling and tenderness in one or more of your joints.
When overworking your hip causes inflammation of bursae (the fluid-filled sacs around your joints).
When overuse causes inflammation or irritation of your tendons, it’s tendinitis. When tendon degeneration occurs, it’s tendinosis.
- Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI):
A condition when extra bone grows along a bone in your hip joint that gives it an irregular shape, causing the bones to rub against each other. It’s often seen in younger, and athletic, people. FAI can damage the joint and cause pain.
Hip Pain Treatment
The good news is that regardless of the cause of your sore hips, chiropractic treatment can help treat pain and discomfort. Utilising the latest techniques, we will investigate the source of your pain and design a treatment and rehabilitation plan to help alleviate your discomfort.
Hip Pain Exercises
If you are experiencing hip pain after exercise, ensure you are warming up properly beforehand. Watch Dr. Greg Sher discuss the difference between stretching and warming up properly:
At Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic, we put you first. We believe in offering chiropractic care that enables you to make informed and educated choices about your health. If you are suffering pain and would like to talk to us about how we can help you get mobile and active again – get in touch right here.