The hips are an important part of the human body. They are responsible for bearing much of our weight, and the movement of your hips allows you to walk, run, jump and kick. Injuries to the hips can lead to serious concerns for our patients, making daily living tasks like walking down the hallway extremely difficult. Chiropractic treatment plans can be an important part of reducing hip pain and getting you back to normal.
Do Chiropractors Treat Hip Pain?
Chiropractors are typically considered doctors of the spine and neck, but they can also provide treatment for hip pain. In fact, many times hip pain is directly connected to problems with spinal alignment, making chiropractic care a first line of defense against the pain. To treat hip pain, your chiropractor must first find the underlying cause. This will help them create a treatment plan that will be effective.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
The hips are complex joints surrounded by muscles and ligaments. Hip pain can come from several sources within this joint, and these are some of the common ones:
- Inflammation – If any of the structures within or around the hip joint become inflamed, the head of the joint may not be able to move as it should, and the space inside the joint can fill with fluid that causes pain. Finding the cause of the inflammation and treating that along with improving the alignment of the entire spinal column can help.
- Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis causes cartilage loss and joint degeneration that can lead to hip pain. There are other inflammatory diseases with similar mechanisms. Though these diseases do not have true cures, chiropractic adjustment combined with lifestyle changes can have a significant positive impact.
- Overuse – The cartilage around the hip joint can get worn down due to overuse, and this can lead to arthritis and inflammation. Identifying repetitive use triggers and making lifestyle adjustments can help reduce this risk.
- Traumatic injuries – If you fracture or dislocate your hip, the trauma can cause ongoing pain, even after the initial injury has had time to heal. Chiropractic care can help reduce the impact of these serious injuries.
- Pain from other parts of the body – Lower back injuries or misalignment can cause referred pain in the hip. Treating just the hips will not address the source of the pain. This is why working with your chiropractor to find the source of your pain is so important.
Treating hip pain starts with finding this underlying cause. Because of this, we use x-rays and detailed patient health histories to create our treatment plans, so we can be confident we have found the real cause of your discomfort.
How Long Does It Take a Chiropractor to Realign Hips?
Chiropractic care is not a one-size-fits-all process. The amount of time it will take a chiropractor to realign your hips and reduce your hip pain will depend on the underlying cause and how severe your injury is. Your body’s response to treatment also impacts your length of treatment. For this reason, each patient’s length of treatment will vary.
For each patient that comes to Team Chiropractic, we create a personalized treatment plan, and that plan is based on your initial x-rays. We will usually have multiple adjustments close together for the first few weeks of treatment, so your body can get used to the new alignment. We gradually increase the time between adjustments as your body continues to heal. We usually start seeing improvement within the first several adjustments, but your full treatment plan could last several weeks.
Can a Chiropractor Help Severe Hip Arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative condition with no cure. However, it can be treated so that you have less pain. In fact, one study found that 83% of patients with hip osteoarthritis improved with chiropractic treatment after just nine visits. You can get relief with the help of a dedicated chiropractic team. While this is not a cure, that is a high percent of people who found the help they needed to feel better.
At Team Chiropractic, we don’t just focus on spinal alignments. We also provide help with home care exercise, rest, and nutrition. We use laser treatment and active release techniques to trigger your body’s natural healing abilities and lower overall inflammation levels. All of these can help lower your inflammation levels and reduce the effects of arthritis. Even if your arthritis is severe, we can help you feel better.
Find Relief for Hip Pain with Raleigh’s Team Chiropractic
Can chiropractors help with hip pain? The answer is yes, and Team Chiropractic is ready to assist you. Our goal is to help you feel your best with less pain and increased energy to enjoy life.
At Team Chiropractic, we offer a multi-treatment approach to hip pain. We start with our spinal re-engineering process that seeks to align your spine, which can reduce the pressure and stress on your hips. We also include laser therapy to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, which can improve many sources of hip pain. The active release technique reduces inflammation and improves the speed of your healing. Our team will also help you learn to improve your posture, so your adjustments will hold better, and your pain will lessen. By finding the exact cause of your hip pain, and then creating a custom treatment plan tailored to that cause, we have had great success in helping our patients reduce their discomfort.
Many chiropractors adjust the back, neck, and hips. If you are serious about healing, you want to partner with a team that does more. That team is Team Chiropractic. If you or someone you love has hip pain, chiropractic care can help. Team Chiropractic’s multi-faceted approach is what you need to find relief. Contact us today, or call 919-788-8881 for your initial evaluation and x-ray appointment. We want you to get back to health, and that starts with eliminating your hip pain.