by Dr. Kim Selir on 05/22/2017Categories: Good Ideas, Hip pain
Is it Osteoarthritis, Bursitis or Tendonitis? A thorough examination may be necessary
By most measures, the hip is built to withstand a significant amount of stress. Similar to the shoulder, the hip is a ball and socket joint that permits fluid movement. As with other parts of the body, other factors may contribute to wear and tear of the joint and produce pain in the hip. Understanding the contributors to pain, an overview of the hip's anatomy often helps.
Some signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, tenderness, stiffness, loss of flexibility, a grating sensation, and bone spurs. Your joint may hurt during or after movement. The joint may feel tender to the touch or when applying light pressure. Joint stiffness may be prevalent in the mornings or following a long period of inactivity. Decreased movement ability may be present. In the case of bone spurs, you may feel hard lumps around the affected joint.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones deteriorates. This typically occurs over time. The surface coating that was the cartilage turns rough. Eventually, when the cartilage wears completely, you may have bone on bone contact and ensuing pain.
A professional chiropractor may be able to treat your hip pain. After performing a thorough examination, your chiropractor will advise you of the treatment options. This may consist of an adjustment to the hips, manual tissue manipulation, or RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression and evaluation).
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