Hip pain is not uncommon, especially among older men and women and those who engage in strenuous physical activity. Causes can include:
herniated discs and other spine conditions like sciatica that cause pain to radiate into the hips, buttocks and legs
issues affecting the muscles, ligaments or tendons, including strains and sprains
joint-related damage due to diseases like arthritis or as a result of trauma and injury
issues related to the knee that cause a change in gait pattern and weight bearing, resulting in added strain on the joint
The spine is like a tunnel or conduit for nerves from the brain to other areas of the body, including the hips and legs. When a disc becomes herniated or “bulged,” it can press on nerves as they pass out of the spine, resulting in irritation and inflammation as well as pain, numbness and weakness that radiate to other areas of the body, including the hips.
Chiropractic care addresses the root cause of most hip pain – nerve impingement and inflammation in the lower back – with spinal adjustments customized for each patient's needs. Adjustments help realign the spine to relieve compression, preserve neural signaling and promote circulation. Spinal adjustments are complemented by deep tissue massage and lifestyle guidance to improve posture and other habits that can cause or increase hip pain.
Wearing supportive footwear, taking frequent breaks when standing for long periods of time, practicing good posture and good ergonomics at work and school, and having regular chiropractic adjustments to help prevent misalignment are all important steps in avoiding hip pain. Maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active can also help.