Chiropractic Care for Hip Pain: How It Works and What to Expect

Chiropractic Care for Hip Pain: How It Works and What to Expect

Treating Hip Pain with Chiropractic Care: Benefits and Process

Experiencing chronic hip pain can be debilitating, hindering day-to-day activities and lessening your overall quality of life. With painkillers only offering temporary relief and surgery being a daunting option, people are seeking gentle yet effective treatments—enter chiropractic care! It offers a persuasive solution for those plagued by persistent hip pain. Designed to alleviate discomfort and improve mobility, it breaks free from traditional invasive procedures. If you’re curious about how it works and what benefits it can bring, join us as we explore the fascinating world of chiropractic care. No scalpels or opioid prescriptions; just natural, holistic, hands-on healing. It’s about time we put a halt to hip pain once and for all! Stay with us as we delve into all you need to know about chiropractic care for hip pain; your hip hinge will thank you later!

Underlying Causes of Hip Pain

Hip pain can be debilitating, making daily activities that were previously straightforward extremely difficult. As mentioned earlier, it can stem from a wide range of factors, including inflammation, osteoarthritis, overuse injuries, and/or trauma. To treat this condition effectively, it’s essential to understand the specific cause behind it. Often, chiropractors conduct physical examinations to identify the underlying problem’s source and develop personalized treatment plans.

Overuse and Trauma

Overuse injuries typically result from physical activity or routine tasks that place too much pressure on the hip muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Poor posture when sleeping or sitting can also contribute to overuse injuries. Symptoms may include tenderness, swelling around the affected area, reduced mobility and severe pain. On the other hand, trauma-related hip pain results from accidents like falls or car crashes that cause strains or sprains in the hip muscles or ligaments. Additionally, fractures or dislocations resulting from high-impact collisions can cause severe pain and require immediate medical attention.

Chiropractic treatment for both trauma and overuse injuries includes a variety of methods such as chiropractic adjustments (manipulation therapy), and exercises including stretches and strengthening exercises for promoting flexibility and balance while reducing inflammation in surrounding tissues. Additionally, chiropractors advise on lifestyle changes that reduce stress on muscles surrounding the hips.

Disease-Related Causes

Hip pain can result from a variety of causes, including inflammation, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease. Overuse injuries or damage to the hip joint can also cause hip pain. Hip bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursa sacs surrounding the hip joint, is another leading cause of hip pain. Chiropractic care considers both structural and functional issues related to hip pain, making it an excellent choice for those experiencing chronic or acute pain around the hip region.

For instance, osteoarthritis is one condition that chiropractors often encounter in their practice. It affects millions worldwide and causes pain and stiffness in the joints due to wear and tear over time. As an individual ages, the cartilage covering the bones in the joints wears down, leading to bone rubbing on bone, inflammation, and pain. Your chiropractor will examine your joints and implement a customized treatment plan with adjustments tailored to improve joint mobility, manage inflammation which helps slow the wear-and-tear process down and control pain.

Chiropractic Techniques for Hip Pain Relief

In addition to spinal adjustments, our chiropractors also utilize other techniques when treating patients with hip pain.

Chiropractic massage is one popular technique that is used. This therapy incorporates soft tissue work designed to stimulate circulation and promote muscle relaxation.

Exercise therapy is another technique widely used in chiropractic care. Here the patient works under supervised rehabilitation programs designed explicitly for their specific conditions.

Additionally, posture advice may be offered to patients who exhibit improper postural habits or whose work habits place excessive strain on their back muscles. Finally, stretching techniques are often taught by chiropractors as part of their treatment plans. Stretching reduces muscle tension, promotes flexibility, improves function, and reduces the likelihood of future injuries.

Spinal Adjustments

Spinal adjustments are the cornerstone of chiropractic care. They involve applying controlled force to the spine’s joints, with the aim of improving mobility and restoring proper function. These adjustments also alleviate pain and inflammation that might result from misaligned vertebrae. Spinal adjustments comprise several techniques tailored to a patient’s needs. The most common spinal adjustment technique is the diversified technique, which utilizes a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust aimed at correcting subluxations in the spine.

Hip and Leg Adjustments

If your hip pain is due to a joint-related issue, such as bursitis or osteoarthritis in the hips, then chiropractic care can help you. Chiropractors may perform hip adjustments on certain areas that surround the hip joint to improve its movement and flexibility. This could include massaging and stretching muscles like the tensor fascia lata (TFL) which is the muscle controlling the iliotibial band (ITB) or psoas muscles that connect to the hip joint.

Chiropractors could manipulate your leg muscles for balancing out any dysfunctions that might lead to uneven pressure on the hips. In cases of sciatica or Piriformis syndrome contributing to hip pain, chiropractors use specific stretching exercises and manual therapies in conjunction with leg or hip adjustments.

Think of it as performing exercises specifically targeting weak muscles when trying to correct imbalances in body posture.

Hip and leg adjustments like this are often performed alongside spinal adjustments make sure all elements surrounding the injury or dysfunction are treated for more efficient recovery.

Complementary Therapies in Chiropractic 

Chiropractic care in our offices uses complementary treatments such as physical therapy and massage techniques and can also use dry needling. This multi-disciplinary approach is essential to ensure successful outcomes for individuals suffering from chronic hip pain. Other complementary interventions include therapeutic exercises and stretches recommended by chiropractors themselves.

Contact a Chiropractor Today!

If you’re interested in chiropractic care, then visit us at one of our offices in Erie or Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process which can include Dry Needling when requested.  Please consider our complete plan that not only treats the misalignments but pays attention to the nerves and muscles to promote your correction, stabilization, and best life ahead.  If you have been to multiple chiropractors, you happen to be one of our favorites because you will know how our care stands apart.  We have been voted “Best of the West” twelve times and we aim to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from spinal pain and many other maladies and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

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Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. Dave's clinics have received multiple accolades, being voted "Best of Boulder" and "Best of the West" nine times. He has treated numerous world-class athletes and is dedicated to providing the best results for his patients in the shortest possible time.