A lot of us suffer from pain in one or both hips. Hip pain can be caused by inflammation, arthritis or overuse in the case of athletes. However, pain in the hips can actually start somewhere else in the body. Pain can be felt in the hips because of a hernia, a problem with the sacroiliac joints or, more commonly, sciatica.
Sciatica is caused by disc herniation or other problems in the spine, but the pain is felt in the hips, buttocks and legs. There is also periformis syndrome, which is a condition caused by cramping and tightening of the hip muscles that causes the same symptoms. Pain radiates through the hips and buttocks and sometimes down one leg, and can be so severe that the person is unable to stand up or walk. In fact, this condition can be incapacitating. Medical treatment generally focuses on treating the symptoms with painkillers and epidurals – which can have side effects. Bed rest can also be required.
Chiropractors can treat the underlying cause of sciatica. If the origin is in the lower back, then nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy can help, so can other chiropractic techniques. Chiropractic adjustment can also relieve periformis syndrome and benefits some patients with arthritis in the hip. These treatments can often help a patient avoid surgery, reduce or eliminate potentially addictive medication and get up and about sooner. The chiropractor will then recommend exercise therapy, posture improvement techniques, stretches, etc as a follow up to prevent future hip pain. In addition to improving recovery, this is often a lot cheaper than popping painkillers.
Hip pain can also be caused by straightforward misalignment, particularly in runners and people who sit for extended periods of time (who may benefit from posture training to help keep the hips back in line. This is also something a chiropractor can fix.
If you have pain in your hips or buttocks, then contact The Paulk Clinic https://www.thepaulkclinic.com, a Stockbridge Georgia chiropractor and make an appointment today to see if we can help you.