The hips can suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal maladies, and a chiropractic hip adjustment may provide relief.
Pelvic alignment is important for the body’s stability. If it is out of alignment, hip pain and other issues may result. Misalignment of the hips can result from poor sleeping position or posture, weak muscles, or from sitting too long. To determine if the hips are out of alignment, a patient can stand with their knees a foot apart, bending them, and placing a pool noodle, pillow, or foam block between them. As the patient stands, they should squeeze the object with their knees. If there is a feeling of a “click”, then the hips are out of alignment. Various stretches and exercises can be performed to resolve the misalignment, and chiropractors can educate patients about these.1 A chiropractor hip adjustment may also be necessary. If there are problems with the joint, chiropractic can also be available as a treatment option. Chiropractors often see patients with inflammation, arthritis, overuse injuries, trauma, and “referred pain” (pain that originates elsewhere in the body). Chiropractic, in studies, has been found to be effective in relieving sciatica, osteoarthritis, Piriformis syndrome, and sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction.2
Other Causes of Hip Pain
There are a variety of causes of hip pain including arthritic conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.), injuries, pinched nerves, and cancer. Injuries may include tendinitis, hip fracture, hernia, dislocation, strains, sprains, and bursitis. Pinched nerves could be a result of sciatica, spinal stenosis, or a herniated disk. Some patients may have hip pain due to osteomyelitis, osteoporosis, or rickets.3 Hip alignment issues could impact runners, due to the “functional leg-length discrepancy”. Runners can seek chiropractic and massage therapy for relief, and they can also prevent further issues by running on flat surfaces, watching their posture, and engaging in strength training.4
Self-Chiropractic vs. Professional Care
Some patients may try self-chiropractic adjustment. Feeling a “need to click one’s own neck”, for example, could be a symptom of underlying issues, such as poor posture or a trapped nerve. While there may be some temporary relief, over time the self-adjusting could lead to trouble. Restricted joints cause the above and below joints to “work harder to compensate”. By self-adjusting, a patient could be “forcing them to move even further”, leading to ligament stretching and instability. Chiropractors are trained for several years to “adjust the joint in the right way”.5 Interestingly, a study found that while sacroiliac manipulation and cervical manipulation both “increased flexion range of motion at the hip”, the cervical manipulation (“manual therapy of the neck”) was the treatment that significantly increased the hip flexion.6 Patients can seek hip pain relief from their chiropractor, and they will likely be prescribed exercises and stretches to continue their treatment, safely, at home.7
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