The body’s largest ball-and-socket joint, the hip, is one of the most crucial joints in the body, as it allows us to walk, sit, stand, and so much more. It is usually very durable, but it is not indestructible, and will often wear down with age.
Hip pain can be caused by numerous things. Arthritis, tendonitis, trauma, inflammation, and pinched nerves are all very common sources. Hip pain doesn’t even have to originate in the hip - often it is referred pain from the knee or lower back.
If the pain in your hip is very mild, you may be able to control it at home with over-the-counter drugs, such as tylenol, as well as icing and regular resting. For some patients, losing weight takes pressure off of the hip and alleviates the hip pain.
The first step to treating a painful hip is to identify its source. Depending on your particular situation, your Health Care Practitioner may recommend chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, injections, stretching, massaging, or even a change in your posture. Doing this should reduce inflammation, relax any muscle spasms, strengthen the muscles around the hip, and ultimately increase your mobility.
If your pain is due to arthritis, for example, we can help you work through the pain with stretching, resistance training, and low impact exercises. There is no cure for arthritis, but patients have found that, with help, it can become much more manageable and may keep it from getting worse.
In some extreme cases, hip replacement surgery may be necessary, but usually this can be avoided by addressing the pain in its earliest stages. That being said, sometimes surgery is unavoidable. In that case, our team will be able to help you work through your pain and recuperate your strength with post-surgery rehab.
If you are suffering from hip pain, there is relief to be found through professional care. Once the problem is corrected and the pain relieved, we will be able to work closely with you to keep the pain from flaring up again, down the road. Call us at (972) 215-7934 or stop by our office at 12835 Preston Road, Suite 405 in Dallas today to set up a free no obligation initial appointment and screening today.