The Common Causes of Hip Pain

The Common Causes of Hip Pain

Hip pain, a widespread health issue, can stem from various causes, with symptoms often impacting an individual’s daily routine and quality of life. Understanding the root causes of hip pain can aid in effective treatment and pain management.

Common Causes of Hip Pain


Arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis, is one of the most common causes of hip pain, particularly in older adults. It’s a degenerative joint condition that results from the wear and tear of the cartilage cushioning the hip joints, leading to pain and stiffness.  Some of

the wear and tear in the joint can be slowed down by making sure the joints and supporting structures around the joint are working together properly; and in alignment.


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. When the hip’s bursae become inflamed, it can cause significant pain.


Tendonitis refers to the inflammation or irritation of the tendons, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. Overuse from repetitive activities or sudden injury can cause hip tendonitis, resulting in pain and limited mobility.

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are more common in older adults due to weakened bones from osteoporosis. A fracture can cause acute and severe hip pain.


Sciatica can cause hip pain if the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and buttocks down each leg, is irritated or compressed.

Chiropractic Care for Hip Pain

Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive, holistic approach to managing and treating hip pain. It’s focused on optimizing the body’s natural healing ability by ensuring proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure.

Spinal Adjustments

Spinal adjustments are a common chiropractic treatment for hip pain. Misalignment in the spine can put undue pressure on nerves, which can cause hip pain. Adjustments can alleviate this pressure, reducing pain and inflammation.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy, like active release techniques (ART) and the Graston technique, can treat muscle tension or spasms contributing to hip pain. These therapies aim to relieve tight muscles, stimulate healing, and increase joint mobility.

Stretching and Exercise

Chiropractors often recommend specific stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting your hip, improve flexibility, and prevent further injury.

Lifestyle Modifications

Chiropractors can provide advice on lifestyle modifications to manage hip pain effectively. This could include ergonomic adjustments at work or home, nutrition advice, or weight loss strategies.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Hip Pain

Chiropractic care can provide significant relief for hip pain. It’s a natural, drug-free approach that addresses the root cause of pain rather than merely masking symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments and therapies can improve joint mobility, reduce inflammation, and increase overall function, helping individuals return to their everyday activities with minimal discomfort. Furthermore, chiropractors work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals and can refer patients for further treatment if necessary.


Hip pain can be debilitating, but understanding its common causes can help guide effective treatment. Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to managing hip pain, targeting the root cause of the problem and promoting the body’s innate healing capabilities.

If you’re interested in seeing a chiropractor or in a chiropractic adjustment, visit us at one of our offices in Erie or in Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process, in fact, we have been voted “Best of the West” thirteen times and our aim is to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance.

We specialize in treating patients suffering from spinal pain and many other disorders and have helped several patients find relief without needing 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.