Can Chiropractic Help With Hip Pain?
Last updated on November 30, 2022
- hip and/or groin pain?
- Sharp pain at the front or side of your hip?
- Numbness or tingling down your thigh?
- Clicking or slapping hips?
- Painful or restricted squat? Blocking you from performing a deep squat?
- Glute weakness/fatigue?
- Dull ache at night?
- Stiff hips in the morning?
- Difficulty putting socks or clothes on?
If this is you - Chiropractic may be able to help!
Hip pain is a common condition that many Aussies live with. It can be very debilitating and the pain alone makes daily tasks difficult. The cause of hip pain is broad, however, some of the common causes are(1):
- Muscle strain
- Hip bursitis
- Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome
- Tendinopathies (inflammation of the tendons)
- Hip dysplasia
- Hip pointer
- Referral pain from your lower back
- Perthes disease / Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (common in children)
- Ankylosing spondylitis
How Do You Treat Hip Pain?
The treatment will vary depending on what the cause of the pain is. As Chiropractors we find the underlying cause of the pain via a thorough history and examination process consisting of but not limited to:
- Range of motion
- Functional movement tests (i.e. squat/sit-to-stand)
- Neurological testing
- Motion and static palpation
- Muscle testing
- Postural analysis
- Further imaging such as X-ray, MRI and ultrasound (if clinically indicated)
Treatment will vary depending on the cause of your issue. The course of action for hip related issues will be primarily focused on addressing and restoring proper spine and nervous system function as well as working towards improving strength and stability through the hip joint (1). This allows for proper joint mechanics, proprioception and reduced load/stress, increased recovery time and decreased/eliminationing symptoms.
It is best to get your spine and hips evaluated thoroughly with one of our Chiropractors to see if we can help and if so will put together a structured program to get you back to a happy, functional and pain free life!
- McBeath, Andrew A. “Some common causes of hip pain: physical diagnosis is the key.” Postgraduate Medicine 77.8 (1985): 189-198.
- Hoskins, Wayne, et al. “Chiropractic treatment of lower extremity conditions: a literature review.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 29.8 (2006): 658-671.