The hip is the largest joint in the body and has tremendous potential for injury. The joint has numerous connections of cartilage and ligaments that hold it together and allows it to move – the gluteus muscles, IT band, psoas, and hamstrings all influence the health and movement of the hip.
When the hip joint moves out of alignment, the entire body compensates for the loss. This compensation creates issues causing tightness and stiffness at best and tendonitis and ligament sprains at worst.
Chiropractic care seeks a non-invasive, natural approach to correct the root cause of the problem, relieving hip pain and preventing the problem from recurring.
How Our Hip Pain Care Plan Works
1. Tell Your Story
When you arrive at our brand new, state-of-the-art facility, you’ll be greeted by two of the friendliest faces you’ve ever met. They will assist you with a simple intake form and escort you to one of our comfortable and elegant consultation suites. Then, your very own case manager will sit and listen to your story and document your areas of discomfort and loss. After your consultation is complete, the case manager will introduce you to all of our medical providers, who will individually perform an appropriate exam based on their experience and specialty and then determine what other additional testing, such as X-ray, MRI, CT or Diagnostic Ultrasound will need to be performed. Once completed, we will schedule your follow-up visit, typically within 24-48 hours.
2. Team Meeting
Between your Day 1 and your Day 2 visit, the medical, therapy, and chiropractic teams go into action. We pull together the clinical and intake data, the X-ray imaging, and the orthopedic and neurological testing results and determine a multidisciplinary approach diagnosis, utilizing over 50 years of healthcare experience. This enables every treatment team member to have a say in your unique condition, diagnosis, and purpose for why you want to be healthier. We can then produce a comprehensive and specialized treatment plan that will help you get better faster, address the cause of your painful condition, and effectively stay healthy to enjoy a future quality of life.
3. Accelerated Recovery Program
Our comprehensive program is designed to restore your quality of life efficiently and effectively. We may employ a variety of modalities to accomplish this goal including but not limited to Regenerative Medicine, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Lumbar and Cervical Spinal Decompression, Class 4 Laser Therapy, Radial Pressure Wave, Neurocure, NeuroMed, In-House Active Therapy, Spinal and Extremity Adjustments.
4. Quality & Quantity of Life
At Harbour Medical, our goal is to quickly remove your pain points, address and correct the underlying condition of those areas, and provide you with the simple tools to maintain, preserve, and protect the new and amazing level of function and well-being that translates into your ability to enjoy the moments that give your life purpose and joy.
Common Causes of Hip Pain in Stuart, FL
This condition is characterized by inflammation and pain at the hip and thigh junctions. Trauma to the ligaments in the hip area causes bursitis. If these ligaments are inflamed, the hip joint is more likely to feel stiff or sore, especially when you move.
This condition results from inflammation of the joints, which happens when the cartilage that should be present to cushion the bones get worn down. As the cartilage wears down, the hip bones rub against each other, causing hip pain. Unfortunately, cartilage does not repair itself, so symptoms will only worsen over time if left untreated. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to manage the symptoms and progression of arthritis.
Tendinitis is a condition that affects the tissues that connect muscle to bone. At the hip, the main tendons affected are the IT band. This tendon runs down the outside of your thigh and links to your pelvis and lower back. If affected, it can hurt to move your hip, especially while doing things that involve the thighs.
Muscle or Tendon Strain
Tendon strain occurs when you exert too much pressure on your hip. It mainly arises from overuse, mostly from activities involving a lot of movements and forward momentum, like swimming or cycling.
Hip Labral Tear
A hip labral tear is a severe injury that occurs when the labrum, a piece of cartilage on the end of your femur, gets torn. The labrum acts as a shock absorber to help cushion the blow or stress on your hip and drive it back into place. If it tears, moving your hip in certain directions will be painful.
In avascular necrosis, the blood supply to the hip gets disrupted. This disruption can happen for various reasons, including an injury or general inflammation of the area. Without the blood supply to cushion the bone, the bone can eventually die, causing hip pain and a lack of mobility.
This condition happens when the sciatic nerve, which runs down the back of your thigh and lower legs, gets irritated. When this happens, the nerve can send pain signals to your brain, making that area feel stiff and painful. Sciatica is a big problem for your hip, as that nerve runs through the hip joint. Chiropractic care will search for the underlying cause of sciatic nerve pain, whether it be related to a muscle, joint, or disc problem. Chiropractors can work to restore spinal alignment alleviating nerve irritation, relieve muscle tension that may be aggravating the large sciatic nerve, or rehydrate and decompress spinal discs to heal bulged or herniated discs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs and symptoms of a hip flexor strain?
Some main signs and symptoms of a hip flexor strain are lower back pain that moves down your legs. This pain is specific to your hip flexor and worsens when you bend forward or lift something.
Besides that, you may experience the following:
- Difficulty walking or running
- A grinding sensation in your hip joint
- Mild pain in your groin
- Mild hip pain when you flex your hip joint strongly
- Swelling in the affected area
What can a chiropractor do for hip osteoarthritis?
Chiropractors have additional musculoskeletal and biomechanical training, allowing us to perform a wide range of treatment options. We treat hip osteoarthritis by using non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive treatments.
We may use massage to improve circulation and speed healing. Alternatively, we may provide gentle adjustments or therapeutic exercises to address the underlying biomechanics causing your pain.
What are the best hip pain relief exercises?
Your hip flexors help lift your hips while standing, walking, and running and stabilize your lower back. When they contract too much, it can affect your hip mobility, cause pain and result in poor posture. The following exercises can help to loosen them up:
- Deadlifts – Hold this position with your knees slightly bent and your toes pointed to the sides. Keep your knees aligned with your toes, and push your butt back. Keep your chest lifted, and maintain a neutral spine as you go through the exercise. Repeat this at least three times.
- Wall Squats – Stand with your back against a wall with your feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself while keeping a good posture so the knees align with the toes.
- Leg Raises – Leg raises can help strengthen your thigh muscles and increase hip flexors’ mobility.
- Shrimping – Start to lie on your stomach with your legs straight. Initiate it slowly by contracting your glutes and lower back muscles. Maintain this position and slowly lift your hips off the ground while pulling your legs down towards the floor.
- Leg Swings – Use a bench or other stationary object to hold on to for support. Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and bend your knees. Once you reach the desired point, swing your legs back and forth in front of you as you maintain good posture and control.
- Modified Hip Thrusts – It is a powerful exercise that utilizes your trunk muscles to strengthen your core, elevating your hips. It also helps to get blood to the area and stimulates circulation.
- Passive Isometrics – To perform this stretch, lean against a wall or couch and place your knees on the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds, and then relax. Repeat eight times.
- Foam Rolling – Foam rolling is a general technique used for self-massage, which can work out any kinks in the affected area and improve pain relief by draining lactic acid from the muscles.
Should I go to a chiropractor for hip pain?
Here are some of the main reasons you should schedule an appointment for your hip pain:
- More Accurate Diagnosis – Hip pain can result from several different conditions, each with a different treatment method. If you go to a chiropractic care professional, they can look at the entire picture and give you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to correct the underlying problem and not just treat the symptoms.
- More Effective Treatments – Chiropractic care professionals have a well-rounded education in medicine and chiropractic care. They can give you more effective treatment options. Additionally, we are backed by scientific research and have the latest treatment options.
- Minimized Side Effects – A properly trained chiropractor will give safe treatments that maximize your benefit and minimize your risk of side effects. Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach to health.
Why do my hips ache after sleeping?
Posture changes during sleep can affect the mobility of your hips. Simply adjusting your sleeping position may solve this problem. There are a few options:
- Sleeping on Your Side – Sleeping on your side, as opposed to your back, can cause some strain on the muscles in your lower back and hips. Try flipping to that side in bed and see if this alleviates the pain after sleeping.
- Using a Body Pillow – A larger body pillow will support your neck and provide more space for your hips.
- Using a Cushion – If you are experiencing pain after sleeping, try placing a cushion under your knees. It will provide more support for your lower back and improve blood circulation.
- Changing Your Mattress – The thickness of your mattress is essential as it helps determine the amount of support your body receives. A firmer mattress helps alleviate lower back and hip pain after sleeping.
What is the fastest way to relieve hip pain?
There are several ways to relieve hip pain, and they all have different levels of effectiveness and convenience.
- Apply Heat – Heat can help relax your hip and lower back muscles, which may relieve pain. You can use a synthetic heat pack or a towel soaked in warm water. However, you should only use heat for about 15 minutes, as it can dry out the skin if you leave it on too long.
- Exercise – Exercising will help strengthen your core, provide good overall health, and relieve hip pain. Try doing squats, lunges, leg lifts, and other core-strengthening exercises.
- Use a Massage Ball – A massage ball is an easy tool that you can use to massage yourself. It’s not nearly as effective as a professional massage, but it may help loosen tight muscles.
- Chiropractic Care – avoid the side effects of pain medication and prevent unnecessary surgery. Chiropractic care for hip pain will relieve the pain at its source for long-term pain relief.