Overview of hip pain
Hip pain is a common problem as we age. It can affect not only athletes, but the average joe/jane. The hip is one of the most stable joints in the body, but also one of the most complex. It is designed to move through a large range of motion and handle heavy loads. The hip joint is also very susceptible to wear and tear over time due to what we do during our lifetime. Hip pain will not only keep you from doing the activities you love, it prevents you from doing your daily movements - like walking up stairs, running and walking. When the hip joint is not moving properly it can also cause problems to other areas of the body like the lower back and knee.
A couple of the biggest reasons for hip pain are:
1) Bad tissue surrounding the joint: This one is very common as we overuse our muscles surrounding the hip joint, especially the adductor muscles. When this happens you develop a lot of adhesion (scar tissue) in the muscles, which makes them weaker and less flexible. Over time the muscles can't support the hip and the hip cartilage gets really beat up.
2) The capsular cartilage surrounding the hip, more commonly just called the posterior joint capsule. This structure is one that tends to get really beat up with what is called adhesion when the hip doesn't get proper support from the surrounding muscles.
The adhesion forms from overuse, this makes the capsule less flexible and weaker to be able to withstand the forces that the hip encounters everyday. This can eventually lead to hip degeneration and wearing of the cartilage surrounding the hip joint.
Degeneration is a big deal, because it is progressive and doesn't go away.
Hip replacements are on the rise, you don’t have to live with hip pain!
Symptoms of Hip Pain
- Tenderness, pain and/or stiffness in the hip
- Pinching in the crease or groin area with hip flexion
- Weakness or instability.
- Popping or crunching noises.
- Inability to fully flex the hip.
Commonly Treated Conditions in Our Office:
- Piriformis Syndrome
- IT Band Syndrome
- Tendinitis / Tendinosis
- Hip Impingement
How We Help:
Hip problems are not always easy to fix! Most cases have developed over time and require more than just a “quick fix.” Through complete functional movement screens, we can narrow down the exact problem and the exact tissue(s) that need to be fixed. We utilize joint manipulation, manual soft tissue treatments, exercises and stretches to work on relieving pain and correcting complications associated knee pain and dysfunction. Better diagnosis in our office, means better treatment and faster results for you!
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