Do Chiropractors help hip pain has been a question several people have asked in the past couple of months, here in Myrtle Beach and also at my other clinic in New Jersey. It’s funny how we always seem to see blocks of particular problems at any one time, at present hip pain seems to be a common complaint.
Believe it or not, hip pain is quite difficult to diagnose and treat at times due to a few factors:
- we need to figure out if it’s actually the hip itself causing the trouble,
- identify other areas such as the lumbar spine if this is contributing to the hip pain,
- to understand if it is a muscle or joint problem
It’s difficult to determine sometimes because that pain might actually be reflected from another area of the body which is having problems, so we have to perform an examination and take some X-rays if needed to understand the problem. In many cases, I will even refer out for an MRI scan to be totally sure of what we are dealing with.
The cause of the hip pain could be from a variety of factors:
- Wear & tear
- Ligament damage
and much more.
So depending on what the issue is depends on whether chiropractors help hip pain, or whether it might be something for an orthopedic to deal with due to the nature of the problem. So for example, if it is ligaments causing the problem, then an orthopedic would be better placed to deal with that, they can provide medication or injections and perform physical therapy to fix it.
How chiropractors help hip pain is to ice it, stretch the surrounding muscles out, and to try and rebalance the entire hip and lower back area in order to get everything functioning properly. They will secondly try and identify how the injury occurred and find out what is aggravating it and look to prevent that issue from returning. And then perform soft tissue and joint manipulation to break up adhesions in the joint, increase range of motion, get the joint working properly which will reduce inflammation and thus pain.
In severe cases, we can also perform Manipulation Under Anesthesia to aggressively break up adhesions, stretch the muscles and joints in a similar way to what chiropractic does, except you will be knocked out for the 20 minutes or so the procedure takes. One MUA visit is the equivalent of around a dozen regular chiropractic therapies and provides a quicker way to recovery with a very high success rate. MUA is an excellent alternative to surgery, but it is only used in the most extreme cases, and most people do not need to go to such extents.
If you are suffering from hip pain, give us a call (843) 804-8100 and we can take a look at your problem and be able to advise you. You can message me on Facebook as well if that’s easier, I reply to all.