Hip Pain, Tendonitis, Bursitis and Arthritis
The hip joint, a ball-and-socket joint, is the largest in the body and is designed to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. It consists of the head of the Femur fitting into the socket of the pelvis, called the Acetabulum, and normally allows quite a bit of movement. The joint is lined by cartilage which acts as a shock absorber and allows smooth motion.
The cartilage can wear down or become damaged resulting in degenerative joint disease. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused causing strains, tendonitis and bursitis. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. Problems in the hip can cause you to feel pain in the hip joint, thigh, groin and buttocks.
If your pain is caused by degenerative joint disease (arthritis) you might notice that your pain gets worse with activity. You might feel reduced range of motion and even develop a limp from persistent hip pain.
If your hip pain is caused by a muscle or tendon strain, tendonitis or bursitis, you may get relief with therapies such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, and specific exercises or massage therapy. Hip pain may also result from ankle pronation or a short leg which could be corrected with custom foot orthotics.
If you have arthritis, exercising the hip joint with low-impact exercises, stretching, and resistance training can reduce pain and improve joint mobility. For example, swimming is a good non-impact exercise for arthritis.
The Chiropractic Physicians at Chiropractic Care in Chicago and Homewood can evaluate your hip pain and determine the best course of care for you.