Hip Pain Conditions and Treatment Options
Hip Pain Related Conditions We Treat in Our Chicago Chiropractic Office:
- Hip Pain—that includes weakness and reduced range of motion or snapping and popping sounds
- Groin Pain—which includes adductor tendonitis (or occasionally a hernia—in which a referral will be made to a specialist)
- Thigh Pain—which is usually caused by trauma or over-contraction of the muscle.
- Gluteal Pain – usually caused by muscle spasms
Note: It is very important to seek proper medical attention by a qualified healthcare professional trained in musculoskeletal conditions of these issues for examination and diagnosis. For example, if massage, deep heat or strenuous activity is undertaken right after trauma to your thigh, you may develop a complication such as myositis ossificans (calcification of the injured muscle).
Other conditions associated with hip pain that we successfully treat in our office include:
- Bursitis—the swelling of the bursa (or fluid-filled sac) that lies as a cushion between bone and tendon and aid in joint movement. . There are many types of bursitis and they can be either acute or chronic. The types of bursitis we most commonly see associated with hip pain are the following:
- subtrochanteric bursitis
- iliopectineal and iliopsoas bursitis
- ischial bursitis
In addition to the swelling, other symptoms of bursitis are tenderness and warmth over the joint, and joint pain. Bursitis can be caused by many different conditions and circumstances including chronic overuse of the joint, trauma to the joint, an infection, or a condition like rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
- Transient Synovitis—this type of hip pain specifically affects children. It is a type of arthritis that appears in children prior to puberty, tending to affect boys more than girls. Associated with the hip pain from transient synovitis may be some limping.
Pain may be isolated to one side or the other, and possibly associated with pain of the thigh or knee. In some cases, a low-grade fever is also a possible transient synovitis symptom. In most cases, these are the only symptoms, and the child doesn’t otherwise appear to be ill.
- Osteoarthritis—the most common of all joint disorders, osteoarthritis and its many types are typically associated with a deep aching pain in the joint that increases after activity, especially weight-bearing activity, and is alleviated by resting the joint. Left untreated, the pain may eventually persist, even throughout periods of rest and inactivity. Pain may also increase during humid weather.
With osteoarthritis, patients may feel a grating in the joints when in motion. Swelling, muscle weakness, and restricted movement are other common osteoarthritis symptoms.
Osteoarthritis is caused by a wearing away of cartilage in the joints and in extreme cases the formation of bony spurs. This can be caused by obesity, overuse, injury, and certain medical conditions.
- Sprains and Strains—these occur when a ligament (sprain) or muscle (strain) is stretched past its normal range and can tear or rupture. The most common site where sprains and strains occur is in the ankle, though any joint in the body can have a ligament sprain. Examples of common sprain/strain we see in our office involving the hip include:
- adductor strain
- hamstring strain
- quadriceps strain
- sprains involving joints of the hip
Symptoms of a sprain including swelling, bruising, pain, restricted mobility, and trouble using the extremity attached to the affected joint. A popping sound may also be heard if the ligament has ruptured.
Risk factors for sprains include muscle fatigue and sudden exercise after long sedentary periods.
Chiropractic for Hip Pain
During your first visit at our office, your chiropractic physician will discuss your symptoms with you, review your medical history, and conduct an examination. Once the doctor has diagnosed the cause of your hip pain, he will design a treatment program specific to you.
Acute hip pain is generally well managed with physiotherapy and pain management while other complaints and chronic hip pain conditions respond well to our rehabilitative programs that aim to reduce pain and restore normal flexibility and mobility to your hip and pelvis by incorporating, hip joint adjustments, stretching, hip stabilization exercises and physiotherapy into your program.
Why suffer in pain another moment? Call our office today at (773) 878-7330 for the evaluation and treatment of your hip pain.