The hip joint, more specifically known as the acetabulofemoral joint, has the primary function of supporting the weight of the body in both dynamic (jogging, squatting, running, jumping, walking, etc.) and static (standing), environments. It has a crucial role of maintaining balance in the body due to it being the primary connection between the lower limb and the pelvis and spine. Unfortunately, it is troublesome for many people that come to see a chiropractor Little Falls MN. Issues with the hip tend to increase with age. It’s believed that problems in the hip are more age-related than any other joint in the body. That said, a variety of issues can occur in the hip and at varying ages, such as: birth defects as an infant, growth plate problems as an adolescent, trauma through adulthood, and arthritis and fracture for the aged. Comprised of essentially bone, bursae, cartilage, and muscle with nerves running overtop of it, the hip ties together the spine and the legs make the causes of hip pain complex and varied. The bone that connects into the pelvis is the femur which is the longest and strongest bone in the body.
While standing, the hip absorbs approximately a third of one’s body weight; standing on one leg forces the hip to absorb about twice one’s bodyweight, and walking transfers up to six times of bodyweight stress onto the hip. Restricted range-of-motion, misalignment of the pelvis, hip, and spine, muscle imbalance, direct trauma (like from a fall), bursitis, tendinitis, fall, direct blow, and arthritis are but a few of the possible causes of hip pain. It is important to know, however, that the hip is a common location for referral pain from the lower back and knee. Like all other weight bearing joints, the hip joint typically dehydrates and stiffens with age. That said, geneticists believe that a human’s hip joint has the potential to be relatively pain-free and mobile for over one hundred years if kept in an “ideal environment” which essentially consists of good “mechanics” meaning alignment and range-of-motion and good nutrients supply.
The first step in eliminating hip pain by your chiropractor Little Falls MN is to determine its cause. At Chiro Plus Rehab we start with a thorough assessment that checks your hip alignment and range-of-motion. We also assess the alignment of your ankle, knee, pelvis, and spine as it is very common for the hip to be compensating for issues in those areas. Next, the hip stabilizing muscles are assessed for coordination, strength, and balance. Finally, the integrity of the cartilage, tendon, and bone are examined. When needed, your chiropractor Little Falls MN will also perform orthopedic and neurological tests as well as take digital x-rays. The final and a unique component to our examination process is our signature Functional Movement Screen which can detect faulty movement habits (like improper lifting) that are triggering to your pain. This is truly a crucial element in ensuring that your hip pain, once relieved, stays that way.
Associated signs and symptoms:
- Severity of pain ranges from intermittent and mild to severe enough to make a person unable to bear weight
- Weakness (a feeling of collapsing)
- Pain in the groin
- Sharpness with movement (EG standing from a seated position)
Standard treatment for hip pain is usually a combination or ice/heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and maybe physical therapy. At Chiro Plus Rehab we combine adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercises and Corrective Movement Therapy as well as passive modalities like Ultrasound or Electric Muscle Stimulation to eliminate pain quickly. We then provide you with self-care advice to keep things good once your chiropractor Little Falls MN has gotten them there. Why? Because our goal as a chiropractor Little Falls MN to provide effective, fast relief so you can get back to life.
A Doctor’s Note
What a chiropractor Little Falls MN hears many people call hip pain is really pain in the area of the buttocks which is commonly referred to by the sacroiliac joints and spine. True hip pain is usually more localized to the groin, but can radiate elsewhere. Very few people know that every joint in the body becomes restricted and dysfunctional in a very specific pattern. For the hip this pattern is flexing at the hip (like lifting your leg up) and then internal rotation (twisting the knee inwards). The is really a big deal because if you understand that, are aware of what that motion is, you can then become your own chiropractor Little Falls MN in the sense that you will be able to detect when your starting to lose the mobility of your hip joints. And if you know that, you can intervene earlier. You’re probably wondering why early detection of the loss of hip motion is a “big deal”. Well, here it is: at a young age you lose the blood vessels that supply your hip cartilage with nutrients. Because of this your body depends on a “pumping” motion to flush nutrients into the joints and flush inflammation and waste out of the joints. So you see, the longer you can keep motion your hips, the longer you’ll have good nutrients pumping into you hip cartilage. And then it only makes sense, that the more nutrients your hip cartilage has, the healthier it is and the healthier it is the more pain-free it stays! You’d be surprised how many patients I’ve had where when their chiropractor Little Falls MN restores this motion they feel better… some were even able to avoid surgery!
Don’t “shoot from the hip” with your hip pain
If you’re suffering from hip pain, give us a call at 320-632-9224 and schedule your $37 New Patient Special today. Give us a chance to be your go to chiropractor Little Falls MN by booking your appointment today!
“I had pain in my left hip and experienced the pain when walking, standing, and when lying in bed. I am very satisfied with the results after receiving treatment. Dr. Grams and the staff are very warm and caring and make my visits enjoyable. It is such a warm and caring atmosphere at this clinic.”
“I came in after being in a car accident with hip pain. I have been receiving chiropractic treatments since and doing exercises on my own. I am now feeling much better.”
*Patient took great care in strictly following the treatment plan prescribed by her chiropractor Little Falls MN.