Hip pain is a very common and often life-altering issue that should be evaluated by a medical professional. It tends to affect older adults and, according to a recent US study of 6,596 over 60s, 14.3% reported experiencing hip pain on most days. This is a shockingly high statistic and demonstrates the need for older members of the population to seek help to enable them to live more active and enjoyable lives.
Of course, it is possible for children and young adults to experience hip pain too, particularly due to the fact that the hip joint is so fundamental to our physiology. It supports the entirety of one’s upper body, so injuring the hip joint is often instantly noticeable and can easily affect general mobility.
What causes hip pain?
There are many, many root causes of hip pain. If you are experiencing hip pain, it is important first of all to determine how serious the pain is.
If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as the inability to move your leg or hip, an apparent deformity, intense pain, sudden swelling, an inability to put weight on the hip joint, or any signs of infections such as redness or chills, it is important to head to the emergency room right away. These symptoms could be the sign of a broken bone or ligament.
Most sources of hip pain, however, are not serious and are caused by more minor traumas or chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis or bursitis. It could also be possible that your hip pain is caused by back problems that are radiating to the hip area, such as disk herniation or spinal stenosis.
Why you should seek help for you hip pain
It is almost impossible for a sufferer of hip pain determine the root cause of their pain simply from reading up about their symptoms online, particularly as the area in which you feel pain may not be its root source. Visiting a chiropractor can help determine the precise source of your pain, as well as put your mind at ease about possible treatments and steps towards recovery.
A chiropractor will conduct a thorough investigation of your hip pain and, once they’ve determined a cause, use one of their hundreds of tried and tested techniques to restore your hip back to its former healthy state.
If you are experiencing hip pain, do not hesitate to get in touch today. We will be more than happy to book you in for a consultation with one of our highly trained Eastern Suburb chiropractors.