Do Chiropractors Treat Hip Pain?

Should I see a chiropractor for hip pain?

If you have been struggling with hip pain and aren’t sure where to turn for relief, a doctor of chiropractic may be your best solution to get to the root of your problem. The hip joint is not only the biggest joint in the body but it has a large range of motion as well, meaning it is very important that this joint is able to move correctly.

While many people know that chiropractors work on the different joints and vertebrae in the spine, these aren’t the only joints that they treat. Any joint in the body can be out of alignment, including the hip joint and it can cause serious pain, discomfort and limited range of motion.

Your chiropractor can help evaluate your hip joint and other joints around the hip to determine what may be causing your discomfort or limited mobility.  

Common Conditions Chiropractors Treat in the Hip

Chiropractors can treat a number of conditions in the hip region. Before your chiropractor will adjust the area or recommend treatments or exercises, they will do a full examination and take a set of x-rays. In addition to x-raying the hip area, they will likely look at films of your entire spine to make sure other issues or misalignments aren’t causing the pain in the hip area.

Here are some of the most common hip-related conditions that chiropractors treat:

If you aren’t sure what the condition is causing your hip pain, your doctor of chiropractic can diagnose the problem. You do not need a referral or a diagnosis to see a chiropractor, like you would from a physical therapist, so it is OK to make an appointment if you aren’t sure what the issue is.

All About Misaligned Hips

There are many patients who simply have a misalignment in the hip joint causing their pain and discomfort. When your hips are out of alignment, it won’t just cause pain and soreness in the hip joint area, it can cause pain in other areas of the body as well.

When a big joint like the hip joint is out of alignment, the rest of your body may start to compensate for the misalignment and it can cause even more pain in your back or your legs. Think about when you have a sore or strained ankle. After a few days of hobbling around, your “good” leg is going to start to feel sore from over compensating and carrying extra weight. The same thing can happen when your hip is out of alignment.

This is why it is so important to have your hips checked by a chiropractor. This non-invasive treatment can help get to the root of the issue causing your pain. After your full examination and x-rays, a doctor of chiropractic will be able to determine if chiropractic care is the right treatment for you, or if you need to be referred out to a different type of practitioner for care.

If you have more questions about hip pain and solutions that can work to help get you back to feeling like yourself, contact the doctors here at McAuliffe Chiropractic Office. You can book an appointment by calling us directly at 301-776-0755 to make an appointment today.

Author
Dr. Terence P. McAuliffe Jr. Family Chiropractor at McAuliffe Chiropractic Office

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