Hip pain is the seventh most common type of chronic pain, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control. The hip is a major joint in the body, and a disfunction can disrupt daily living. Dr. Casey Walker and the team at R2 Medical Centers in Lowell, Indiana, can evaluate, diagnose, and treat hip pain. Call or click to make an appointment today to begin your recovery.
Although the majority of people who suffer from hip pain are 65 years or older, people of any age can also have it. Common causes of hip pain include:
The most effective treatment plan depends in large part on the cause of your hip pain. The course of treatment for a person who has pain due to osteoarthritis will be much different than the treatment for a person with bursitis, for example.
Depending on the cause of your hip pain, chiropractic adjustments can be the best treatment option. When hip pain is actually the result of a lower back issue, chiropractic adjustments may be the best method for recovery as well.
Another common cause of hip pain is sciatica. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve at the base of the spine. When it is irritated or compressed, constant pain in one side of the buttock and one leg, weakness, and numbness results. Sciatica is the collective name for that pain. Chiropractic adjustments are often a successful treatment for sciatica.
Some osteoarthritis patients with hip pain benefit from chiropractic adjustments. The Arthritis Foundation suggests that chiropractic care is appropriate to maximize the function of joints damaged by the disease.
All patients who have hip replacement surgery are referred to physical therapy, but it can be useful for resolving other hip problems as well. Strengthening and increasing the flexibility of the muscles surrounding the hip can reduce pain in multiple situations.
Dr. Walker and the team develop an individual care plan for you, and you may be asked to complete exercises at home. As your strength, endurance, and flexibility increase, he updates your plan so that improvement continues.
Massage can be an effective method for treating hip pain, particularly if chronic tightness or inflammation of trigger points are causing the pain. Deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy may work well to alleviate your hip pain.
Injections are another possible treatment for hip pain. Usually, clinicians use injections for two purposes: to diagnose the cause of pain or to relieve pain.
If an injection that numbs the hip joint stops the pain, it’s a good indication the pain is not being referred from somewhere else, such as the lower back.
Time-released cortisone injections may reduce inflammation and ease pain. Such injections are most often part of a larger treatment strategy.