Causes of Hip Pain and Potential Treatment Methods

The hip is quite stable and requires a major force to cause a dislocation. The hip is more prone to bone and joint damage. As a weight-bearing joint it is commonly affected by degenerative changes and fracture in senior patients. The causes of pain in the hip are probably more age related than any other joint (ie congenital disorders in the infant, growth plate and vascular problems in the adolescent, trauma in the young adult and fracture or arthritis in the elderly).

Patients often complain of hip pain when, in fact, the pain is in either the low back or buttocks. The pain felt in the hip may be due to an internal pathology of the hip joint or referred from a number of other structures. A common traumatic history for hip pain is a fall onto the hip. This often results in soft tissue injury such as a contusion or a trochanteric bursitis. Very often with this condition, the pain is worse during activity and relieved by rest.

Strategies for relief of this painful condition in the hip include:

1. Regular appointments with a local chiropractor
2. Reduce your stress- studies have shown that stress can exacerbate pain
3. Do not overdo it- rest is one of the best treatments for acute pain
4. Get into an exercise routine – muscle fatigue can contribute to injury, which in turn can cause pain
5. Have a positive attitude – focus on the activities that you enjoy and look forward to activities you can do when you are pain free.

If you visit a chiropractor to treat this condition, he or she will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopedic, neurological testing and diagnostic radiography to determine the true cause of your hip pain. Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailor to your case.