Hip pain and stiffness are common complaints with many different causes. The hip joint and its integration with the pelvis, sacroiliac joints, lumbar spine and associated muscles makes it a complex region to properly analyse and assess.
Hip pain may arise from an acute injury or trauma such as a ligament sprain, muscle strain or fracture. More chronic hip pain may be the result of arthritis or bursitis. Sometimes hip pain is due to an acute condition which requires medical referral such as Perthes’ disease, a slipped capital femoral epiphysis or irritable hip syndrome. Hip pain can also be referred from the sacroiliac joint or lower back or may be a consequence of foot, ankle or knee dysfunction due to altered gait. Given the many possible causes of hip pain and stiffness an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper management or referral to another health professional if warranted.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s hip pain or stiffness in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Treatment may include joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.