Hip Pain

Hip Pain is a condition that affects many people either as they age or those who are on their feet for many hours per day. Hip pain can be caused by arthritis, bursitis, ligament tears and can even be referred from the low back or sacroiliac joint.

When a person feels pain deep in their groin region it could be a sign of a problem with the actual hip joint, as it resides in the inner thigh. Hip arthritis, labrum tears, and even the low back can cause pain deep in the groin.

Bursitis is usually felt on the outside of the hip.  A person with bursitis will usually complain of a lot of tenderness at the hip bone and will feel increased pain with prolonged walking and standing.

The low back and sacroiliac joint can refer pain due to the fact that some of the nerves at these areas run into the hip region. As a result, it is very important to get a proper physical exam, in order to properly diagnose the condition. Once the condition is diagnosed, proper treatment could include techniques to loosen up the appropriate joint, strengthen and stretch the muscles around the joint and work on functional gains. In addition, cortisone injections are a possibility, as is mechanical traction if the problem is emanating from the lower back.

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All joints in the body are made up of bones and soft tissues that connect them, such as tendons ligaments and cartilage. There are several types of joint dysfunctions, each with different causes. Most often, muscle imbalances and inactivity lead to changes in the bones and/or soft tissues. In other cases, too much movement can create joint laxity and lead to instability. Common sites for joint dysfunctions are the facets of the spine that move when a person bends forward or backwards. If the bone surfaces do not line up or if there is a restriction in movement caused by soft tissues, a person may feel pain, stiffness and experience inflammation that can affect their daily life. The sacroiliac (SI) joints are formed between the triangular-shaped bone at the base of the spine and the back side of the pelvis. Unlike the facets, these joints are not designed to allow for much movement. If the sacrum becomes tilted or rotated towards one side, it will not line up correctly with the pelvis and can cause significant discomfort in a person’s low back or hips. Or, if one side of the pelvis is higher or lower than the other, it can lead to misalignment of the sacrum that can also cause pain and impact the way a person moves and performs daily activities. Other common sites for joint dysfunctions are the temporomandibular joints of the mouth (also known as TMJ), the glenohumeral joint/shoulder joint, and the patellofemoral joint of the knee. Physical Therapy and chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and other symptoms caused by joint dysfunctions. A combination of movement, stretching, strengthening, and/or joint mobilization can help correct the imbalances in the joints and greatly improve the symptoms of joint dysfunction and help people return to performing their daily activities with significantly less pain.

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Bone Spurs

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