Hip pain is often a chronic problem that’s due to arthritis or bursitis. If you’re finding it hard to get relief from your hip pain, Michael Shiha, DC and his team at The Clinic Houston Chiropractic in Katy, Texas, can help. Dr. Shiha provides noninvasive treatments to address the causes of hip pain and help you retain your mobility. To benefit from his expertise, call the practice today or schedule an appointment online.
Hip pain can be a result of injuries like slips and falls or auto accidents, or you could develop a chronic problem such as arthritis or bursitis.
Your hips are large joints that form where the top of your femur (thigh bone) meets your pelvis. The femoral head at the top of your leg is shaped like a ball and sits in a hollow socket in your pelvis called the acetabulum.
Arthritis affects the protective tissues in the joint that prevent the bones from rubbing together. With osteoarthritis, the most common cause of chronic hip pain, the cartilage covering the ends of the bones wears away, creating friction between the raw bones inside your joints.
Friction leads to inflammation, pain, and stiffness that typically worsen over the years.
Hip pain can be particularly challenging to live with because it’s difficult to take the strain off of these large joints. An arm or leg is easy enough to immobilize where necessary or rest in a raised position; this isn’t generally possible with your hips.
Certain self-care measures can help with hip pain — for example, applying ice packs to the outside of your hip if you have trochanteric bursitis (inflammation of the protective fluid-filled sac on the outer aspect of your hip joint). Losing weight, if necessary, is also a good idea.
If you have arthritis in your hips, it’s best to keep moving to stop the joints from seizing up. However, you need to be careful not to overdo it. If your hip pain doesn’t improve or is getting worse, Dr. Shiha can examine you and form an appropriate treatment plan.
Dr. Shiha can assess the alignment of your spine, pelvis, and sacroiliac joints to see if there are any problems that could be causing or contributing to your hip pain. He can also use chiropractic techniques to improve blood flow and nerve function in the area.
These treatments are helpful at any stage, but the earlier you visit Dr. Shiha when your hip pain begins, the better. Treating hip pain in the early stages helps to prevent conditions like arthritis from progressing as fast and may delay or even prevent the need for surgery.
To find out how chiropractic care can help with your hip pain, call Michael Shiha, DC, today or book an appointment online.