When you experience hip pain, the pain may be directly related to the hip joint, or it may be referred pain that is related to pain coming from another area of the body. Referred pain is simply pain that travels through nerves in the back. The patient then feels the pain sensation in a location where the nerve ends or travels through. However, pain that originates in the hip joint is usually inflammation resulting from infection, arthritis, injury or cancer. When someone begins to experience this type of pain, they often ask can chiropractors help with hip pain.
Examples of Referred Pain
It is easy for patients to think their pain is coming from their hip when in fact it is referred pain. An example of referred pain in the hip is a pinched nerve between the fourth lumbar vertebrae and the fifth lumbar vertebrae. This would cause a patient to feel referred pain in and around the hip. The patient may feel burning in the hip, sharp pain or aching. Since the pain originates in the back, moving the spine to one side may temporarily alleviate the pain.
What Is Actual Hip Pain?
Injury can cause pain in the actual hip joint which is an acute condition, or a chronic condition such as arthritis can also cause pain. The primary goal for an acute pain is to immediately reduce any swelling in the hip joint. After that, the body may restore function and mobility to the hip and affected leg. Patients often want to know can chiropractors help with hip pain, and they can. Chiropractors have the education and knowledge to determine where the pain is coming from and treating the pain.
Chronic hip pain can be treated by determining what caused the symptoms, and alleviate or eliminate the cause of the pain. Rehabilitation can begin to restore mobility.
How Chiropractors Can Treat Hip Pain
Your chiropractor will begin by documenting your pain history, examining you and making a diagnosis. The doctor will then tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs. The chiropractor may also recommend changes in your lifestyle to help prevent re-injury and to help you manage your condition more effectively.
Adjustment therapy and other therapies may be used by your chiropractor to improve hip joint movement. The chiropractor may also be recommend supplements.
Can chiropractors help with hip pain? The answer is yes. Your chiropractor will help you and work with you by recommending therapies, treatments and lifestyle changes that will minimize joint pain and maintain your mobility.
Has your hip pain become unbearable? Looking for an effective treatment? Contact Dr. Renee White today for an appointment.