Let’s focus on the anatomy of the hip.
The hip joint is where the femur or thighbone joins the pelvis. It connects at a socket known as the acetabulum. Cartilage covers the femur and the acetabulum in the hip joint. Synovium, which is a joint lining tissue, surrounds this joint. This tissue produces liquid that keeps the joint lubricated, and also provides nourishment to your joint cartilage.
Tissues around the hip joint known as ligaments, attach the femur bone to your pelvic bone. Other muscles and tendons surround the hip joint. There are also tiny fluid-filled sacs known as bursae which offer a sort of gliding surface for these tendons and muscles. Various major arteries pass around the front part of the hip joint. The sciatic nerve, also known as the largest nerve in your body passes behind the joint.
The point of this anatomy lesson is to make you understand the significance of a well-working hip joint. As a structurally complex part of your body, any pain or discomfort you may feel here should not be taken lightly.
The Symptoms of Hip Pain
There are various common symptoms associated with hip pain, such as:
- Joint pain
- Groin pain
- Tenderness of the hip
- Swelling over the hip bone region
- Difficulty sleeping comfortably
- Warmth around hip joint
- Reduced motion of the hip
- Sensation of pinched nerves
These symptoms can vary from gentle to severe.
The Causes of Hip Pain
According to Dr. Alan Khiger from Amazing Spine Care, there are several causes of acute hip pain.
- Arthritis – Arthritis is a condition of inflammation of the joints, in this case, the hip joint. This inflammation leads to a breakdown of the cartilage which cushions the bone. As the inflammation increases, the pain continues and worsens.
- Hip fracture – This is common amongst older adults. Over time, bones can become weak and brittle due to lower bone density or normal wear and tear. Weakened bones can break if the person falls.
- Bursitis – In this condition, the fluid-filled sacs known as bursae become inflamed and cause pain. This condition occurs due to recurring activities that irritate or overwork the joint.
- Tendinitis –Inflammation of the tendons around your hipbone, mostly due to repetitive motion and overuse can cause pain.
- Muscle strain – Overworking your muscles can put strain on your tendons, joint, ligaments and muscles. This can lead them to becoming inflamed, which results in pain.
- Labral tear – This is usually a condition for athletes and those who perform twisting movements repetitively. The ring of cartilage known as the labrum can tear under immense pressure, which can cause pain and movement problems.
- Accident-Related Injury –Victims of auto-injuries also report having hip pain. This happens due to intense trauma to the body. If a person is jolted from his/her seat, the restrain of their seatbelt and the impact of the accident can cause misalignment to your whole body, and can lead to a broken hipbone and muscle swelling.
A more serious cause would be a tumor that may start in the bone and spread, thus causing pain in the hips and other parts of your body.
Treating Hip Pain with Chiropractic Treatment
While there are many ways to relieve hip pain, chiropractic care has so far proven to be among the top most effective.
Amazing Spine Care offers chiropractic treatment for a number of issues including hip pain, minor sports injuries, sciatica, fibromyalgia, joint problems, arthritic pain, whiplash, auto injuries and more.
If you’re suffering from hip pain, contact us. We offer premium chiropractic services for all in Jacksonville, Florida.