Hip pain is a common complaint expressed by people of all ages. It can be attributed to a variety of underlying issues. When the pain is expressed on the inside of the hip or in the groin, the issue is likely to be within the hip joint. Pain expressed on the outside of the hip, in the upper thigh or buttock typically correlates with problems with the muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues that surround the hip joint.
- Dull or sharp pain in the hip
- Reduced range of motion
- Muscle stiffness
- Referred pain in the thigh or knee
- Symptoms are exacerbated when weight bearing
Hip pain can be attributed to a number of conditions. There are several forms of arthritis that can spark an episode of hip pain, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, a rare form of arthritis that can target the knees, hips or spine.
Fractures are a common cause of hip pain. The elderly population are more susceptible to hip fractures due to the decrease in bone density that occurs with age. Falls in the home are a one of the most common causes of hip fractures and may go undetected if the individual is not examined following a fall.
Hip pain in newborns and infants may be the result of a condition known as developmental dysplasia. The hip joint of children at this age is prone to dislocation. Dislocation can be the result of a feet first birth, conditions such as spina bifida, or simply due to a looseness of the ligaments that hold this femoral head in the hip joint. 95% of babies with this condition are successfully treated.
Perthes’ disease is a disease of the hip joint itself that is prevalent in children between the ages of 3 and 11. The condition results in a softening of the head of the femur as there is a lack of blood supply to the bone cells. Most children will recover from the disease, however the femoral head can take up to 5 years to regenerate and there may be a flow on effect to other parts of the body that were affected by the limited use of the hip during those years.
Another condition that can affect children and adolescents is known as a slipped capital femoral epiphysis. This refers to when the femoral head slides from its position in the hip joint and causes the leg to turn out. Without treatment this condition can result in an increased likelihood of developing arthritis in the hip joint in the future.
Finding a specific diagnosis for an individual may be a difficult process, due to the variety of conditions that can cause hip pain. The process will be different for each individual, but typically will involve a health professional performing a physical examination to examine the source of the pain and the effect it has on an individual’s standing and walking posture. They may request an X-ray or MRI or a blood test to rule out conditions such as arthritis.
The purpose of chiropractic care at Turramurra Chiropractic is help you to be able to do the thing that you love to do and to do them well. To do this it is first necessary to get a clear picture of the problem which is done by taking a thorough history and performing a comprehensive assessment. Understanding your history is critical to identifying the cause(s) and contributing factors that have led your health to where it is currently. The assessment includes a neurological, orthopaedic, motion, posture examinations amongst others. In some cases further investigation may be required. Once we have all the relevant information we will discuss your specific needs and develop a plan of action with you. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss the proposed care and ask any questions before proceeding.
Do you or some one you know have hip pain? Give us a call on 9440 8003 to discuss.