Searching For Hip Pain Relief?
Hip pain relief can be accomplished by a chiropractor if a patient has definitive hip dysfunction. For you to fully understand hip dysfunction you must understand the anatomy and mechanics of the hip joint itself.
Lets first learn about the anatomy of the hip joint.
• The hip joint forms the connection between the lower limb and the pelvic girdle. It is a strong and stable multiaxial ball and socket type of synovial joint.
The femoral head is the ball, and the acetabulum is the socket. The hip joint is designed for stability over a wide range of motions.
• The hip joint is comprised of articular cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.
• Movements at the hip joint include flexion-extension, abduction-adduction, medial-lateral rotation, and circumduction.
Why is it important for the hip joint to be functioning properly?
- During standing alone, the entire weight of the upper body is transmitted through the hip bones to the heads and necks of the femurs.
Most common hip complaints:
• The most common hip complaints are pain in the anterior hip capsule (front)/ this could be a pinching type of pain with certain movements, a decreased range of motion, generalized tightness around the hip capsule, pain down the side or back of the upper leg, snapping or clicking inside the hip joint with certain motions, or just a generalized ache in the joint.
Reasons for hip pain relief:
• Lower-crossed syndrome: MOST COMMON
-Muscle imbalances of the lower half of the body that typically alter the performance of movement patterns including activities of daily living, and creating instability of the joint.
- These muscle imbalances will bring about poor posture, and will over-stress both hip joints and the lower back.
- Common weak/inhibited muscles: gluteus maximus/medius/miniumus, abdominal wall
- Common tight/short muscles: hip flexors, adductors, hamstrings, erector spinae (muscles of the spine), and other low back stabilizing muscles.
- Can result in hip osteoarthritis if left untreated over a long period of time.
• Hip osteoarthritis/DJD:
-Due to muscle imbalances over time and a poor functioning hip
-severe cases results in a hip replacement
-more common in older adults
• Avascular Necrosis: (less common reason, but needs to be ruled out)
-disrupted blood supply to the head of the femur
-usually as a result of a fracture or dislocation
-Dislocations: congenital (at birth) or from injury
For the sake of this website only the most common reasons for hip pain are listed here. Find
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