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hip pain treatment in Dallas, TX.

All About Hip Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Hip pain refers to discomfort or pain in and around the hip joint, which is where the thigh bone (femur) connects to the pelvis. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for a wide range of motion and plays a crucial role in weight-bearing activities like walking, running, and standing.

Hip pain can be caused by various factors, and it may be localized to the hip joint or radiate to other areas, such as the thigh, groin, or buttocks.


Some common causes of hip pain include:

  1. Osteoarthritis: A degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time, leading to pain and stiffness in the hip joint.

  2. Hip Fractures: Fractures or breaks in the bones of the hip, often associated with falls or trauma.

  3. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs) around the hip joint, causing pain and discomfort.

  4. Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons around the hip joint, often due to overuse or repetitive movements.

  5. Muscle Strains: Overstretching or tearing of muscles or tendons in the hip region.

  6. Labral Tears: Tears in the cartilage (labrum) that lines the hip socket.

  7. Hip Impingement: Abnormal contact between the bones of the hip joint, leading to pain and limited range of motion.

  8. Sciatica: Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which can cause pain that radiates down the hip and leg.

  9. Hip Dysplasia: Abnormal development of the hip joint, often present from birth, that can lead to hip pain and arthritis.

What are common symptoms of hip pain?

Hip pain can manifest in various ways, and the specific symptoms may vary depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Common symptoms associated with hip pain include:

  1. Pain in the Hip Joint: The most prominent symptom is usually pain in the hip joint itself. The pain may be localized to the hip or felt in the groin, outer hip, thigh, or buttocks.

  2. Stiffness: Individuals with hip pain may experience stiffness in the hip joint, limiting their range of motion. This can make it challenging to perform certain activities, such as bending, walking, or climbing stairs.

  3. Pain During Weight-Bearing Activities: Pain may be more pronounced during weight-bearing activities like walking, running, or standing. This can lead to a limp or altered gait.

  4. Radiating Pain: The pain may radiate to other areas, such as the thigh, knee, or buttocks. This can occur when the underlying issue affects surrounding structures or nerves.

  5. Swelling: Inflammation in the hip joint or surrounding tissues can lead to swelling in the affected area.

  6. Tenderness to Touch: The hip joint or the surrounding soft tissues may be tender to the touch.

  7. Clicking or Popping Sensations: Some individuals may experience clicking, popping, or grinding sensations in the hip joint during movement. This can be associated with conditions like labral tears or hip impingement.

  8. Limited Range of Motion: Reduced flexibility and difficulty moving the hip joint through its normal range of motion are common symptoms of hip pain.

  9. Muscle Weakness: Chronic hip pain can lead to muscle weakness in the hip and surrounding areas.

  10. Pain at Rest: In some cases, hip pain may persist even at rest or during periods of inactivity.

How can a chiropractor help with hip pain?

Soft tissue work and manipulation around the low back, pelvis and hips can help to reduce symptoms. Some rehabilitation exercises can help to reduce symptoms as well and keep them away. One example of the modified pallof press, also known as isometric holds, demonstrated in the video below.

Do This Exercise to Help with Hip Pain

This modified version of a Pallof press is one of our favorite go-to exercises for back pain, hip pain, or even upper and lower extremity injuries. It helps to target rotational stability through the core, which is where a lot of us tend to struggle and lack strength. Having a properly functioning core system is crucial for injury prevention and injury recovery.

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