There are many causes of hip pain, and your Chiropractic Doctor will do a careful physical examination of your entire musculo-skeletal system to understand what’s causing your Hip Pain.
Your chiropractor will evaluate the lumbar spine, the pelvic bones and joints, as well as the hip socket itself to understand what is affected and what needs to be corrected in order to resolve the symptoms. The chiropractor will pay particular attention to the alignment of the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joints, which are the major weight-bearing joints in the body. In fact, many people think they have hip pain, but it’s actually sacroiliac strain that’s referring to your hip.
Sometimes when there is an underlying lower back problem, it can change the way you sit or stand and put more pressure on either hip. Incorrect posture can cause hip pain. Similarly, if there is a lower back problem, pain can radiate into the hips, buttocks and down the legs. This is commonly referred to as sciatica.
Hip pain may be result of knee, ankle and foot problems such as foot pronation (flat feet) or having an irregular leg length. When you have an imbalance or instability in your pelvis or joints, it can cause the muscles in the region to work incorrectly and create hip pain problems. Pelvic imbalance is often the cause of injuries in the hip region especially in athletes and very active people. Leg length irregularity may create more chronic problems like arthritis in the knees and hips which develop over time if left untreated.
Having pain in the ball-and-socket joint of the hip is also a very common problem. Often this pain is caused by arthritis or other kinds of injuries that have degraded the cartilage in the joint space and allowed the bones to touch each other.
The most common causes for Hip Problems that we provide treatment and relief for at our Chatswood clinic are: