ADHD & Chiropractic Care: What You Should Know
Nagging, aching, sharp, or dull; no matter which of these terms best describes your hip pain, it’s certainly an irritating affliction.
Hip pain affects many people every year and can lead to a cascade of unfortunate events. To start, hip pain often leads to decreased walking and mobility. With decreased mobility often comes weight gain and weakness. After a person gains weight and loses strength, he or she typically begins to withdraw from his or her usual activities. Finally, with decreased participation in activities, many people begin to suffer mental health effects, such as depression.
Thankfully, skilled chiropractors can help hip pain sufferers find relief and avoid the unfortunate series of events described above.
Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Hips
To start, it’s always helpful to have a basic understanding of the structures within the painful joint in question.
The hip joint is created by the meeting of the femur (thigh bone) and the pelvis. The hip joint is known as a “ball and socket” joint. It is so named due to the spherical femoral head which fits snugly into the socket of the pelvis, known as the acetabulum. Within the body, there are few ball and socket joints. Each of these joints allows for significant range of motion as compared to other types of joints.
Surrounding these bony structures are tons of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Additionally, there are important nerves and vascular tissues that cross the hip joint as well.
When any one of these many tissues is pinched or damaged in some way, the patient often experiences pain. This is particularly problematic when it comes to the hip joint, as every time the person takes a step, the issue can be compounded.
Hip pain can be tricky to manage, but there are a few key ways that everyone can ensure that they are caring for their hips as much as possible. In the next section, we’ll review some of the best ways to decrease hip pain and to prevent it from ever occurring.
Hip Pain Treatments and Preventative Measures
There are, of course, many ways to take care of our joints. The list below features some of the most basic methods for decreasing and preventing hip pain.
Weight Loss/Weight Maintenance
When we are standing or walking, our hips are responsible for supporting the majority of our body weight. For this reason, overweight people tend to experience hip pain at higher rates than those who maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives.
When patients lose weight or maintain their ideal body weight, the hips have to work less hard. If the hips don’t have to work as hard, they will break down at a slower rate and the person will often experience much less pain.
As the saying goes: “What you put in determines what you get out”. Therefore, if you’re eating lots of sugary, low-nutrient foods, your body will not function optimally. This can often lead to orthopedic conditions such as hip pain.
Luckily, by improving your diet, you can mitigate many different orthopedic issues.
By regularly visiting your chiropractor, you’ll ensure that you are keeping your entire body healthy. Often, misalignments in the spine can cause pain in the hips or legs. By correcting these issues through chiropractic manipulations, patients tend to experience significant relief. Furthermore, future episodes of hip pain can be prevented by keeping a regular schedule with a chiropractor.
If you’re suffering from hip pain, or any other issues, stop by Anchor Health Chiropractic today! As the premier Noblesville chiropractors, we treat a variety of conditions and would love to help you. Book your appointment now!