This hip is the body’s largest ball and socket joint. It’s used all the time, whether you are sitting or standing. Thus, it’s not uncommon for there to be a pain in the hips due to a lot of wear and tear. Hip pain is often extremely painful and can because by a number of symptoms. Among the most common symptoms include:
- Muscle strain
- Tendon strain
- Hip labral tear
- Avascular necrosis
- Poor Posture
Piriformis Syndrome & Hip Pain
Piriformis syndrome is an uncommon neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. This muscle is involved in the lower body to stabilize the hip joint and lift and rotate the thigh away from the body. The Piriformis muscle aids us to walk, shift our weight from one foot to another, and maintain balance. This muscle is also very important in playing sports; especially Golf and Tennis. When this syndrome is in place, it can cause extreme hip pain.
One of the most common causes of hip pain is poor posture. It’s easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it – even an activity as “innocent” as reading in bed can ultimately lead to pain, hip problems, and more serious problems. If you must sit for an extended period, make sure your posture is good: Keep your head in a neutral position, make sure your back is supported, keep your knees slightly lower than your hips, and rest your arms if possible.
Solutions for Hip Pain Relief
If your hip pain is caused by a strain, tendinitis, or poor posture, over the counter medication and chiropractic care can help to alleviate the pain. Ice and heat solutions can also provide pain and inflammation relief. If arthritis is part of your pain, then low impact exercises such as stretching, physical therapy, and swimming can provide relief.
We strongly recommend that you seek medical advice or a chiropractor’s help immediately if:
- Hip pain came on suddenly
- You can’t move your leg or hip
- You can’t put weight on your hips or legs
- You heard popping noises
- Your joint looks like it is bleeding or deformed
- You fell or experienced an injury