Age can bring about problems with the hips such as osteoarthritis, where the cartilage thins and the joints stiffen causing pain and inflammation. Age affects the hip gradually over time, whereas a tackle in rugby or over exertion in the garden can give rise to injury… at any age. Following on from a thorough assessment, our chiropractic team will clearly explain your diagnosis and recommend the best course of action for treatment.
Hip Osteoarthritis or Hip Pain Symptoms
Symptoms you may experience are often sharp, dull or even burning pain in the hip area. Sometimes pain can move or ‘refer’ into the groin, buttock, thigh or even the knee. Common tell-tale signs of hip problems might be:
- Can’t bear weight or get pain when you walk or run
- Loss of movement or flexibility
- Feelings of weakness when upright or trying to get upright
- ‘Clicking, clunking or snapping’ noises or sensations
- Swelling, tingling, numbness, and pins and needles around the hip or leg.
Hip pain caused by a different part of the body?
As discussed, the hip can often move pain to other areas of the body. ‘Referred’ pain is more common than you might expect and one of the areas affected by this is the knee. Niggles in the knee that don’t settle are often mis-diagnosed as a simple knee problem, yet on occasions its actually the hip that is the underlying cause! Similarly, a lower back injury can sometimes refer pain TO the hip. Problems such as disc bulges, pelvic joint sprains, and muscle injuries are examples of problems that may cause hip pain. The quicker that your hip pain / osteoarthritis is dealt with, the quicker the recovery is likely to be, so book in with a member of our chiropractic team on 01452309372.
What to do if you have Hip Pain
In the short term, if you do have hip pain then you might find wearing soft shoes helps ease the pain (running trainers are best, but no running!). If it’s bad after a long walk or a recent sprain then applying an ice pack to the hip and groin region regularly to calm the inflammation (protect your skin with a damp tea towel). Keeping mobile is important but only small stints around the house or garden to start with.
We aim to get your hip back to functioning as best as possible, as soon as possible. We use simple and gentle techniques that involve hip mobilisation / manipulation, soft tissue techniques such as massage therapy, dry needling, and a variety of progressive exercises at home and work, all as appropriate.
Get you out of pain… Anyone who visits our clinic will always, above all else, receive a full and thorough assessment. Furthermore, we will give ou a clear and honest explanation as to what we believe is causing your hip pain, or hip osteoarthritis, and what the best course of action is to get things back on track.
Our aim is to get you back to your best as quickly as possible, using specific mobilisations, gentle manipulation and a wide variety of soft tissue therapies. Dry needling is also used where appropriate. We will also give you a summary of your initial visit so that you have a record to take home.
Keep you out of pain…. Our clinical team pride themselves on preventative care. We will always prescribe a completely personalised ‘home help’ program to ALL patients who visit the clinic. This is essential to make the best and most long lasting recovery. We aim to put you in control, so we can both achieve the most permanent solution possible! Call the clinic today for an appointment on 01452309372 or to chat with a member of the team.