Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hip Injuries: How Chiropractic Manages the Pain

Have you ever injured your hip in a sports accident? The pain can be excruciating—even debilitating—at first. Sometimes the pain continues past the initial injury, though, and becomes something called chronic pain.

Chiropractic to the rescue! Chiropractic can treat sports injuries to the hip not only right after an injury takes place, but years later when pain resurfaces. Any pain that lasts longer than 3 months is considered chronic, so if that describes your hip pain, you’ve landed on the right article.

Common Hip Sports Injuries
When it comes to chronic pain, sports injuries to the hip aren’t always obvious. Mostly, hip pain in athletes is related to overuse injuries—tendonitis and bursitis among them. You may also see hip bruises, osteoarthritis in the hip, tears in the bumper around the hip (called the hip labrum), even stress fractures.

With tendonitis, you may experience pain in the knee and hip because of injury to a tendon between these two joints. This is common for runners.

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, which is a cushion between muscle and hipbone. Pain from bursitis is felt at the tip of the hipbone.

Hip bruises occur when an athlete experiences direct impact to the hip joint. The medical term is “hip pointer,” and the pain can be extreme because both bone and muscle are often bruised.

Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in older athletes, when the cartilage between the hipbone and joints wears away over time.

Other sports-related hip injuries that cause chronic pain include hip impingement and bone death because of decreased blood flow.

Chiropractic Hip Solutions
Chiropractic solutions to chronic hip pain are offered by offices like True Wellness Chiropractic out of Chattanooga, TN. Chiropractic is a good first line of defense against this type of pain. Often simply aligning the spine properly is all the body needs to start recovering on its own.

When pain persists beyond regular spinal adjustments, chiropractors may offer alternative treatments for chronic hip pain. They may adjust the hips as well as the spine. They may also try to instruct the patient in stretching exercises to allow the muscles around the injury to relax. In one study, a 70-year-old woman with hip osteoarthritis saw improved mobility and balance after a 12-week chiropractic regimen. Chiropractic can be a solution for many types of chronic hip pain, both in athletes and non-athletes.

Managing Chronic Pain
Sometimes hip pain just isn’t going away. Osteoarthritis, for example, is a disease that can only be slowed down with regular treatment, rather than cured altogether. In such cases, chiropractic seeks to manage the pain so that patient quality of life can improve in spite of the pain.

Chiropractic provides pain management for chronic hip pain in a number of ways. Most chronic pain tends to come in waves, sort of flaring up now and then. When this occurs, chiropractic can be a solution to reduce the pain immediately. Patients currently experiencing pain may receive two or three treatments per week until the pain fades away, typically within three months. After that, chiropractic will offer weekly or monthly treatments to maintain this low level of pain. Chiropractic really is a viable solution to chronic hip pain.

Have you ever gone to the chiropractor for your hip?
Whether you’ve had hip pain for years or have recently noticed recurring pain in your hip, chiropractic should be at the top of your list for pain management—especially if you’ve just been gritting your teeth and bearing the pain. There is a better way to live!

Have you ever seen a chiropractor for hip pain? Do you have an old sports injury in a hip that still hurts? Leave us a comment about your experience!

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This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

1 comment:

  1. Of course the pain is very unpleasant thing. My mother sore joints, after she had fallen for many years. I go to the bar and try to deal with carefully.