Hip pain is a common complaint in runners, cyclists and other athletes. But it’s just as common in people who spend their day sitting, standing or walking. It can make simple things like walking, taking stairs and sleeping on your side too painful to do.
But there’s a simple solution: Chiropractic. When combined with other therapies like Active Release, Chiropractic can make short work of hip pain. And regardless of the cause, hip pain relief may be easier (and faster) than you think.
If you suffer from hip pain, give us a call. Dr. McGahey has been helping people just like you get relief from hip pain since 1998. Chances are he can help you too!
Common Causes Of Hip Pain
Most cases of hip pain result from wear and tear. Your hips do a lot of work when you walk, run, bike, and even when you sit and stand. And if you play sports that involve a lot walking, running or kicking, then that puts even more stress on them.
Over time, these activities cause wear and tear on the muscles and tendons around your hips. This results in inflammation, scar tissue, and PAIN! And that pain can make simple things like lying on your side at night, or going up stairs pretty tough.
Ultimately, your symptoms will vary depending on the cause of your pain:
1. Hip Pain From Hip Bursitis
If you have hip pain when you lie on your side at night, you may have bursitis. Hip bursitis happens when the hip muscles rub over the top of your hip. This friction leads to inflammation and pain. It’s also the reason it hurts if you lie on your side at night.
Hip bursitis is common in athletes, but is just as common in non-athletes. In fact, anyone who sits or stands a lot can have hip pain from bursitis. The good news is, it can be treated successfully with Chiropractic and Active Release therapy. Once treated, a program of hip stretching can help keep it away.
2. Hip Pain From Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome is a condition that can cause pain in the hip, buttock and leg. The piriformis is a muscle that runs through your buttock, from your hip to your tailbone. When this muscle is stiff and tight, it can cause pain where it attaches to your hip.
The piriformis muscle can also put pressure on your sciatic nerve. That can lead to pain in your lower back and leg, sometimes as far down as your foot. Piriformis syndrome responds very well to Active Release (ART) therapy, and relief usually happens quickly. Piriformis syndrome should not be confused with Sciatica.
3. Hip Pain From IT Band Syndrome
IT band syndrome is a condition that can cause pain over your hip as well. Your IT band is a thick tendon that runs down the side of your leg, from your hip to just below your knee. Overuse (I’m looking at you, runners) can result in your IT band becoming stiff and inflamed… and painful.
That pain can be anywhere along the side of your leg, but the knee and hip are most common. When it occurs over the knee, it’s sometimes to referred to as Runner’s Knee. Just like hip bursitis, this condition responds well to Chiropractic and ART. And Kinesio tape can help support your IT band while you heal.
Other Causes of Hip Pain
In many cases, hip pain isn’t from a specific condition like the ones above. It can be as simple as weak and stiff hip muscles, or from the joints in the lower back being out of alignment. In fact, hip pain and lower back pain often occur together.
Other causes of hip pain include a hip labral tear, or arthritis. Even with arthritis, treating the hip and lower back muscles can ease pressure on your hip joints and provide a lot of relief.
Hip Pain Treatment That Works!
Effective hip pain treatment depends on addressing a number of things. First, scar tissue in the muscles around the hip must be broken up. This can help the hip joint move better, without irritation (and pain). Secondly, normal motion must be restored to the joints in the lower back and pelvis. Third, once your hip pain is gone, you need a good strategy to keep it that way.
This first goal can be accomplished with Active Release Techniques®. ART can quickly break up scar tissue in the hip and buttocks, stretch the IT band, and increase blood flow to the injured area. Chiropractic can help restore flexibility and normal ranges of motion to the joints of the lower back and hips. McKenzie therapy and appropriate stretches can help your hip feel great even after you’re done with treatment.
Hip Pain Prevention – It’s Never Too Late!
It feels great to walk, run, hike and exercise, but hip pain can put an end to that fun in a hurry. And if it becomes chronic, never mind exercise. You’ll probably have trouble getting comfortable trying to go to sleep at night.
If you have hip pain, don’t ignore it. It’s easier to fix it early and work on preventing further problems, rather than dealing with a worse injury. Even if you have arthritis, there’s still a lot that can be done to help!
Are You Ready To Kiss Your Hip Pain Goodbye?
If you’re tired of hurting, or frustrated with a lack of results from other treatment methods, give us a call. Dr. McGahey can help you get to the source of the problem and create a treatment plan to help eliminate your pain as quickly as possible. That means less time spent running to appointments and more time enjoying being on your feet.
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So what are you waiting for? Give us a call as start feeling better today!