Your hips have one very important function. They transfer all of your body weight onto your legs, allowing you to move about. In order to bear your weight, the specially-angled thigh bone (femur) is the strongest bone in the body.
The hip joint is a small ball-and-socket joint. The mobility of the joint is countered by the strength and stability of the muscles and ligaments around it. If any of these structures are damaged or compromised, your body will attempt to protect the injured area. Your body's first path of protection is to alert you through pain signals.
People of all ages can have hip pain. Babies can be born with congential hip problems. Children can suffer from a variety of painful femur problems. Young adults can suffer sports injuries in the hip area. Adults can suffer from bone softening diseases. Older adults can suffer debilitating hip fractures after falls.
In fact, hip pain can even be referred from knee or ankle dysfunction, sacroiliac dysfunction, or neck problems.
How We Can Help Your Hip Pain
Chiropractic is not just for back pain. The specific chiropractic adjustment realigns joints in order to restore proper nervous system function. There are many nerves in and around the hip joint, nerves to the structures around the hip and nerves traveling through the hip region to the leg and foot.
Dr. Johnson always performs a full-body analysis of every patient on every visit, a thorough procedure that is a hallmark of Activator Methods doctors. There are many ways that Dr. Johnson can test the hip and leg to find the cause of the problem. X-rays can also provide valuable evidence of malposition, degeneration, or disease.
Whether the pain is caused by hip problems or elsewhere, Dr. Johnson can guide you to the correct diagnosis and path to recovery. A combination of gentle Activator Methods adjustments, exercise, and other therapies may be just what you need.
- muscle tightness
- rheumatoid arthritis
- fracture, as from a fall
- stress fracture from overuse
- muscular imbalance
- hip bursitis
- torn labrum
- bony problems in children, such as avascular necrosis or slipped epiphysis
- referred pain from the knee or from a hernia
- fibrous dysplasia