Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Pain

Are you having trouble moving around because of hip pain?  Are you having difficulty walking up or down stairs?  Is it painful to turn your body on the bed?  Hip pain is a common complaint that can arise from a myriad of conditions ranging in levels of severity and complexity.  The hip is also an area where pain can be felt that is generated from distant sources (referred pain).  Hip pain can be very painful and cause a lot of your daily activities to be very challenging.  However, the good news with hip pain is that often times these problems are easily treatable.

Common Causes of Hip Pain

There are many reasons that can be causing your hip pain; one of the most common is referred pain coming from the back.  In older individuals osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a problem that affects 25% of women and 15% of men over the ages of 60.  Osteoarthritis is the most common disease affecting the hip joint.  Other factors that can predispose you to osteoarthritic changes are prior incidents of trauma such as fracture or dislocation, family history of this disease, obesity, or other diseases affecting the joint.  Muscles and ligaments of the hip joint can become sprained or strained and cause sudden intense pain.  The joint itself can become fixated or restricted, which causes a decrease of range of motion and function, which can affect your daily activities and movement patterns.

Treatment of Hip Pain

There are many different avenues to take when it comes to treating hip pain.  Traditionally some patients take medications for pain relief, while others will opt for surgery to address the problem.  Still, more and more patients are turning to alternative treatments addressing a more natural and holistic approach such as chiropractic and physical therapy.  When joints of the spine or extremities are fixated the nerves become irritated sparking an inflammatory response and pain begins to set in.  Chiropractic care specializes in restoring proper joint and nerve function through various manipulation techniques.  Chiropractic care is much more than just manipulation however, at Mountain View Pain Center we incorporate techniques such as Graston, myofascial release technique, functional movement screening, and various physical therapy modalities and exercises coupled to fit your specific problem.  Our team of chiropractors will take you through an extensive evaluation to determine the proper diagnosis of your complaint. Please feel free to contact us at one of our offices and we will be more thank happy to answer any questions you might have.