When people suffer from pain in their hips, it can stop them from living the life they want due reduced mobility and discomfort. Dr. Lipman can provide chiropractic treatment to relieve the discomfort from the Physical Evidence Chiropractic office located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Hip Pain Q & A
by David Lipman, DC
What causes hip pain?
The hip joint is subjected to considerable strains all day long when walking, sitting or performing other tasks. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:
- osteoarthritis that can cause stiffness in addition to pain
- herniated discs that cause nerve compression in the lower back and pain that radiates into the hip
- sprains and strains and other injuries affecting the tendons, ligaments, and muscles
- slip-and-fall accidents and other types of traumatic injuries
- knee-related problems that cause uneven strain on the hips
- being obese or overweight which places excess strain on all the weight-bearing joints
What are the symptoms associated with hip problems?
Discomfort is often a major side effect and can be very in the:
- Inside or outside of hip joint
Back and leg discomfort, which can be caused by sciatica or a hernia, can travel down to the hip as well. Pain can also get worse when the individual is active, particularly when it is the result of arthritis. When the pain is ongoing, some patients will suffer from a reduced range of motion and particular individuals can even limp.
What does a chiropractor do to address hip pain?
Before any treatment is performed, the Dr. Lipman will perform a thorough assessment of the hip as well as a review of the symptoms to determine the cause of those symptoms. The evaluation will include exercises or movements performed in the office as well as a hands-on assessment to determine which areas and movements are associated with pain. In some cases, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds may be ordered to obtain additional information that can help guide treatment. Once the cause has been determined, treatment options can include chiropractic adjustments to relieve nerve compressions, therapeutic massage, and deep tissue manipulation to release tension and relieve inflammation and pain, and physical therapy to promote an optimal range of motion and function in the joint. If you are suffering from pain in your hips or have trouble walking or moving, contact Dr. Lipman at Physical Evidence Chiropractic for consultation and treatment.