There are many reasons for having hip pain; one of the most common reasons is referred pain from the back. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a problem affecting mainly older people and is the most common disease affecting the hip joint, with 25% of women and 15% of men experiencing symptoms over the age of 60 years old.
Previous trauma, such as fracture, dislocation or diseases of a joint often predisposes it to osteoarthritic change. You are also more likely to get it if you have a family history of the disease and you are more at risk if you are obese, as that puts more stress on your hips. However, you can get osteoarthritis even if you do not have any risk factors.
The hip joint is designed to withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint — the body’s largest — fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement. Despite its durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain.
Chiropractic treatment will help you avoid unnecessary pain and disability. Apart from examining the hip joint, it is important to include an examination of the back, knee, ankle and foot. All of these areas can influence the hip problem. Although the physical examination usually picks up the problem, an x-ray examination is necessary to confirm diagnosis. The x-ray findings will also give a clearer picture of how severe the problem is. This will help the chiropractor to give an accurate prognosis, rule out other causes, and help to select the most appropriate treatment.