Pelvic and Hip Pain

June 1st, 2021
Pain, stiffness or weakness in the hip can have a significant impact on the rest of the body, which chiropractic care can help with.
Injuries to the hip are usually related to bone and joint problems and can affect both young and elderly alike. Pain, stiffness or weakness in the hip can have a significant impact on the rest of the body, which chiropractic care can help with.

Common hip injuries we treat include:
Trochanteric bursitis: Is inflammation (swelling) of the bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside (lateral) point of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip.

Iliotibial band syndrome: Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a common injury that usually presents with pain and/or tenderness on palpation of the lateral aspect of the knee, superior to the joint line and inferior to the lateral femoral epicondyle. It is considered a non-traumatic overuse injury, often seen in runners, and is often concomitant with underlying weakness of hip abductor muscles.

Muscle strains: Psoas, adductors, gluteus and piriformis muscles are often involved in hip pain

Referred pain: From sacroiliac joints and lumbar facet joints

Nerve entrapment: Such as meralgia paresthetica and spinal nerve roots

Osteoarthritis: (Chiropractic cannot cure arthritis, but we can help ease your symptoms)

Treatment of the hip focuses on adjusting and mobilising stiff joints, soft tissue work around the hip area, and stretching and strengthening of the surrounding muscles.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip can vary. Your first sign may be a bit of discomfort and stiffness in your groin, buttock or thigh when you wake up in the morning. Commonly, there is a gradual increase of pain over the side of the hip into the groin, with pain down the front of the thigh and into the knee joint. Pain over the knee can be the main presenting symptom and the hip problem can therefore easily be overlooked. The pain is usually worse with activity, especially weight bearing activity such as walking, it can also feel worse with cold weather. Chiropractic treatment will help you avoid unnecessary pain and disability and can slow the progression of the disease.

Apart from examining the hip joint, it is important to include an examination of the back, knee, ankle and foot. As all these areas can influence the hip problem.

Pelvic girdle pain: (PGP), previously known as symphysis pubic dysfunction

What is pelvic girdle pain?
It is a condition that women can suffer when pregnant. It refers to pain that can be experienced in areas such as the:
• Low back
• Sacroiliac joints
• Pubic symphysis
• Hips
• Thighs and legs

Pelvic girdle pain can start at any point during the pregnancy. The severity of the pain can vary enormously ranging from mild to debilitating and can often change from day-to-day. The cause of pelvic girdle pain is unknown, but it has been suggested that previous back and pelvic issues may predispose you to pelvic girdle pain.

Research also suggests that poor muscle function in the back and pelvis at the beginning of pregnancy may also be a factor. Also, the hormone Relaxin is produced during pregnancy allowing the ligaments of the pelvis to soften and stretch.

This is essential for the birth process but can occasionally lead to potential pelvic instability. If you do begin to experience pelvic girdle pain call us at the clinic as this will help to stop the pain worsening and may get rid of it altogether.

What type of symptoms might you feel?
• Waddling gait and difficulty walking
• Clicking and grinding noises in the pelvis – this occurs due to pelvic instability
• Pain with straddling movements such as getting out of the car or bath
• Pain and difficulty standing on one leg
• Difficulty/pain lying in certain positions

What can you do to help?
Pelvic girdle pain is very treatable so come into the clinic for an assessment. Chiropractic treatment during and after pregnancy is safe and effective with the treatment being gentle and safe. Mark at Well Adjusted Health has a particular interest in pregnancy related care.

How we can help at Well Adjusted Health: Chiropractic care can be used to identify and remedy common musculoskeletal issues that cause pain.  We can help you identify the root cause of any pain you are experiencing and devise a treatment plan to address it.  For more information contact our clinic today

If you are concerned about your back or any other pain and would like an expert opinion, please contact Well Adjusted Health on 01903 892171

You can also book a Free 15-minute consultation for you or your family.

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