Hip pain is one of the more common complaints I see at the office. This can happen even in those quite young, but it is especially prevalent as one gets older. Issues such as sports injuries, over use damage, and slip & falls lead the list of causes. Hip pain is something that must be taken seriously and dealt with promptly, as the success rate for recovery is much better when detected and corrected as early as possible. There are a variety of causes that manifest in various ways. The good news is that many respond quite well to chiropractic care.
Let's take a look at a couple of the most common causes and what can be done...
Active individuals and athletes are certainly vulnerable to hip problems, especially those involved in contact and competitive sports. Guilty as charged. As many of you know I am a competitive runner, bike racer, and triathlete. Obviously I have put a fair amount of stress on my body over the years as a result. The more stress you place place upon your body, the more attention you need to give it. I have been getting at minimum weekly chiropractic check-ups from the time I was 12 years old. This may not completely reduce the chances of a hip problem, but goes a long way towards remaining healthy.
It Just Comes With Age
None of us like to talk about this, let alone admit it, but we are not getting any younger. The nature of getting older means that the parts of our body tend to wear out over time. Nothing we can do will stop this, but we can do things that can help slow it down. Moderate and regular exercise along with a healthy diet has been shown to have a significant impact on slowing down the degenerative process in our body. The bottom line, stay active! I encourage all of my patients to get active for a minimum of 30 minutes every day. Wherever you are in your fitness level, start somewhere.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Depending on the cause of your hip pain, many times chiropractic can help. One of the biggest misconceptions is that when there is osteoarthritis involved, when your hips are deteriorating, that chiropractic can't help. Not true! One study showed that 83% of chiropractic patients improved within 9 visits to the chiropractor. That is not a small number. The bottom line is there is always hope. I have seen patients in their 90's, many of which were given no hope, that showed tremendous improvement under chiropractic care.
As I mentioned before, the bottom line is it's never too late. Yes, the sooner you start taking care of your spine the better your success rate will be. However, this does not mean that you should ever give up and throw in the towel. None of us are getting any younger, but we can always be committed to being the best version of us we can be.
It's always the right time to do whatever we can to take care of ourselves, so we can...