Do you experience pain and discomfort every time you stand or walk? It is very possible that your hip could be out of proper alignment.
The hip is one of the most important joints in our body. It maintains the structure of the lower body and extremities while used in practically every activity imaginable. Sitting, standing, and walking are just a few of the activities in our daily routines that involve hip movement, and when this area is prone to pain and discomfort, it can wreak having on our physical and emotional health. Strong and flexible hips are the foundation and upright posture and proper gait. Here are some of the common conditions that we see at Ward Chiropractic and Rehabilitation and some of the treatments we use to return you to full function as rapidly as possible.
Trochanteric Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a sack that helps cushion impact and force, becomes inflamed. This can cause pain around the outside of the upper thigh near a bony prominence called the greater trochanter. It sometimes occurs when there is active movement in the inflamed region.
Trochanteric bursitis can make daily activities difficult and can be related to the alignment of the hip during movements. Treatments for this disorder consists of chiropractic adjustments to correct the alignment and break up adhesions in the bursa. Ice/heat and electric therapy may be applied to the affected region. Once the inflammation has decreased, stretches and gentle workouts that are prescribed by the doctor.
IT Band Syndrome
The IT (Iliotibial) band is a strap-like band of soft tissue located on the side of your thigh. IT band syndrome can occur simultaneously with trochanteric bursitis (see above) or it can happen as a completely separate condition. The IT band can become very tight and strained from poor hip alignment and/or physical activity. It is most common with runners and other athletes.
Treatments include stretches and exercises to help strengthen the region and also break up adhesions. Chiropractic adjustments can be beneficial if poor alignment is a factor. Ice/heat therapy helps promote healing and decrease inflammation. Doctor assisted stretching and soft tissue work using the foam roller are optimal for breaking up adhesions within the muscle band. Gluteal muscle inactivation is a common reason IT band syndrome becomes chronic and is best corrected through individually tailored rehabilitation.
Arthritis is wear and tear damage due to the rubbing of the bone surfaces. It is also called, “joint degeneration,” “degenerative joint disease,” “bone spurs,” or “old author.” It can happen over time or as the result of a traumatic event. Any movement can be painful and pain is typically worse in the morning. If the degeneration is severe, surgery may be the only option. Many cases don’t require surgery and can be managed successfully through our treatments including gentle joint mobilization and alignments gentle exercises and ice/heat therapy to help promote healing.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains in the hip occur with the soft tissues inside the hip become highly stretched and inflamed, making daily and/or athletic activities difficult. Strains occur when the muscles that help stabilize the hip joint become over stretched which causes pain and muscle inflammation. Sprains refersto similar stretching in ligaments of the hip joint. Tearing may occur in strains or sprains. Treatment for starts with restoring proper alignment to the joint through gentle chiropractic adjustments. Doctor assisted exercises may be used to help stretch and strengthen the muscles. Ultrasound may also be incorporated to break up mircoadhesions and disperse swelling.
For more information on how Ward Chiropractic and Rehabilitation can assist you on your path to wellness, contact our office today to schedule an appointment today.