What causes hip pain?
The hip joint is subjected to considerable strains all day long when walking, sitting or performing other tasks. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:
Osteoarthritis that can cause stiffness in addition to pain
Herniated discs that cause nerve compression in the lower back and pain that radiates into the hip
Sprains and strains and other injuries affecting the tendons, ligaments, and muscles
Slip-and-fall accidents and other types of traumatic injuries
Knee-related problems that cause uneven strain on the hips
Being obese or overweight which places excess strain on all the weight-bearing joints
How does sciatica cause hip pain?
Sciatica occurs when a spongy disc located between two spinal bones (vertebrae) slips out of position and winds up pressing on one or both branches of the sciatic nerve as they exit the spine. The branches of the sciatic nerve travel through the buttocks and hips and down each leg. When the sciatic nerve becomes “pinched,” the compression causes considerable pain and aching sensations in the lower back as well as pain, numbness and weakness radiating into the hip and often down the leg as well.
What does a chiropractor do to address hip pain?
Before any treatment is performed, the chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment of the hip as well as a review of the symptoms to determine the cause of those symptoms. The evaluation will include exercises or movements performed in the office as well as a hands-on assessment to determine which areas and movements are associated with pain. In some cases, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds may be ordered to obtain additional information that can help guide treatment. Once the cause has been determined, treatment options can include chiropractic adjustments to relieve nerve compressions, therapeutic massage, and deep tissue manipulation to release tension and relieve inflammation and pain, and physical therapy to promote an optimal range of motion and function in the joint.