You cross your legs or twist your body and all of a sudden… a sharp pain in your hips! Perhaps you experience stiff legs and hip pain when you step out of your car. Unfortunately, many people are unable to fall asleep or wake up suddenly, due to hip pain symptoms.
Hip pain sufferers describe their pain as dull aching, burning or radiating pain, which travels down the leg. Others report numbness, tingling, tightness or stiffness of the hip. Hip pain symptoms seem to be constant – while resting, sitting, standing or walking.
In the US, millions of people suffer with hip pain. As many as 1.6 million women and 1.3 million men went to their doctor for hip pain relief in 2006. In fact, there were over 730,00 emergency room visits!
There are many hip pain causes. Seniors face a greater risk for developing arthritis and osteoporosis in the hip, athletes may experience injury due to the added pressure placed on their muscles, ligaments and joints and children may develop hip pain by running, jumping, falling and playing. Additional hip pain causes or factors include spinal misalignments and imbalances, herniated disc, sciatica, tendonitis, referred back pain and obesity.
If there is injury to any part of the body that involves walking, then the body may compensate by changing the way we walk. Within a short time, this new gait places pressure on other joints – including the hip. Other factors that can lead to a gait change include an ankle sprain, knee strain, driving for an extended period of time on a regular basis, carrying an infant on the hip or starting a new job or activity.
It is vital to identify hip pain causes, in order to have hip pain relief. This includes a complete health history, discussion of symptoms and a structural and muscular examination. A hip pain treatment program of chiropractic care, massage therapy and/or nutritional counseling is designed to reduce inflammation, improve movement of the joint, relax painful muscle spasms and strengthen weakened muscles.
Therapies and hip pain treatment options may include ice, heat, chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, trigger point therapy, rehabilitation exercises and stretching, therapeutic massage and nutritional support. It is vital to listen to your body and know your limits. If you experience pain, please stop and rest. If necessary, seek medical care.
“I started having chronic and severe lower back pain. I could barely walk, was hunched over and my hips were off center.I was desperate when I saw the sign on 3rd Avenue. If I didn’t find help soon, I would not have been able to keep working.The results I’ve had are EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT! I can walk, my back is much improved, my hip is back in place and my overall health is definitely better!” - D.B.
“I suffered with a sciatic nerve problem. The pain that shot down my leg was so intense, that I could hardly walk! But luckily, I was able to go to Kessel Wellness Center and finally found help. Each and every time I come for chiropractic care… I feel better and better! Now, my pain is almost gone! Thank you Dr. Kessel!” - D. D.