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Hip Pain Research - Hip Pain in General - What can a chiropractor do for hip pain?


Hip Pain Research


"In one study, a patient undergoing chiropractic care experienced a decrease in the pain and improvement in the flexibility and strength that led to am improved [walking] pattern and decreased pain."

OHU-JMPT 2004;27;479


"Prolonged sitting may contribute to back and hip pain and injury by encouraging stiffness in the lumbar spine."

OHU-Spine Journal 2005;5:145-154


Hip Pain in General


There are many reasons for having pain over the hip; one of the most common reasons is referred pain from the back.


The most common affliction of the hips however is arthritis. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a problem affecting mainly older people and is the most common disease affecting the hip joint, with 25% of women and 15% of men experiencing symptoms over the age of 60 years. Previous trauma, such as fracture, dislocation or diseases of a joint often predisposes it to osteoarthritic change. You are also more likely to get it if you have a family history of the disease and you are more at risk if you are obese, as that puts more stress on your hips. But you can get osteoarthritis even if you do not have any risk factors.


Early signs of hip problems include stiffness in the groin and occasional sharp pain on some movements. These can exist for years and not be recognized as the early signs of an impending wear which can be precipitated by a variety of factors: prolonged weight-bearing, excessive strain when young (gymnastics), weakness at birth or during youth and others.


A tight hip will also produce an unequal walking pattern and bring on possible pain in the lower back. Your chiropractor will recognize this pattern and be able to treat and advise you accordingly. This could delay the necessity for a hip replacement which most of us will want to delay for as long as possible.


What does a Chiropractor do for hip pain?


Your chiropractor will perform a complete consult and examination and may take radiographs (x rays). After review of the examination findings your chiropractor will recommend an appropriate and individual care program. Treatment consists of specific manual adjustments, to the individual joints of the body and spine, which restore damaged neurologic function.


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