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What is Hip Pain?
Hip pain can involve any pain felt in the hip or surrounding area and may extend as far up as into the back, or down into the knee. Many things can cause hip pain, such as injuries, muscle strain during overexertion, bursitis, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Hip pain can affect anyone but is most common in aging adults. The pain, stiffness, and mobility issues that hip pain causes can harm one’s health and quality of life.
Signs and Symptoms of Hip Pain
Pain itself is a symptom of hip pain, which may be felt on the outside of the hip joint or in the groin. The severity of the pain can range from mild to excruciating, depending on the root cause of the hip pain and the severity of the issue. Pain can be aching, throbbing, or shooting.
Besides pain, many people with hip problems may experience stiffness, a decreased range of motion, and decreased mobility. This increases one’s risk of falling and suffering further injury.
In many cases, without treatment, hip pain and mobility issues will get worse over time.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Effects Hip Pain
With hip pain, few people think of looking for a problem in the neck. The fact is, though, that the upper cervical spine, made up of the seven uppermost vertebrae that run down the neck, plays a vital role in our overall health. The neck is a vulnerable area, and it doesn’t take a major jolt or injury to cause a misalignment of this part of the spine.
The body’s musculoskeletal system involves the joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that all have to work together to keep the body moving and functioning properly. When the vertebrae in the upper cervical spine are misaligned, a host of problems can go cascading down the body. You shift your weight and posture subconsciously to compensate for the misalignment in your neck, and the entire musculoskeletal system is thrown out of whack. This creates undue pressure and inflammation in other areas, such as the sacroiliac joint, which connects the hip to the base of the spine.
How Our Hip Pain Treatment Works
At Well Connected Chiropractic, we get to the root cause of your hip pain by bringing your upper cervical spine back into proper alignment. Once the vertebrae in your neck are realigned, the body will resume its natural posture and functions and facilitate its healing processes.
Dr. Elizabeth Hoefer is a specialist in the Blair Chiropractic Technique, a method that focuses on the health of the upper cervical spine. The doctor uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging tools to examine the upper cervical spine, measuring and calculating any misalignments. This eliminates the guesswork so that corrections are specific to your anatomy, and precisely applied. It also allows the doctor to use minimal force, rather than the jarring snaps and cracks generally associated with chiropractic care.
Dr. Hoefer will help bring alignment back to your spine using swift yet gentle adjustments, alleviating hip pain and improving your musculoskeletal system’s overall functioning. Don’t suffer needlessly with hip pain; call for a consultation. Dr. Hoefer services patients in Orange County, including Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.