Chiropractors help treat a variety of painful conditions, including hip impingement. They start by identifying the underlying cause and treating the root of the problem instead of just masking symptoms. Chiropractic care is safe and effective and offers long-term hip pain relief and prevention of complications from joint issues.
The hip is a ball and socket joint. Hip impingement, or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), happens when the ball pushes up against the socket. Femoroacetabular impingement is painful and damages the cartilage surrounding the acetabulum. For many, the condition eventually leads to arthritis, especially when not properly treated.
There are two types of hip impingement.
The first type occurs when a deformity causes the hip joint ball to be more oval than round. This causes friction because the ball does not fit within the cup of the joint as it should.
The second type occurs when the hip joint cup is abnormally shaped, making it difficult for the normal-shaped ball to fit within the cup. In some cases, the cup covers too much of the femoral head, which creates friction.
Some people have a combination of the two types: an abnormally shaped ball and an abnormally shaped cup.
People can be born with abnormally shaped ball and socket joints. It’s also possible that the abnormal shape develops over time due to wear and tear. Many athletes develop problems with the shape of the joint due to bending, twisting, and squatting. It’s especially common among people who play baseball, football, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, golf, hockey, and dancers. Over time, repeated friction or bumping causes cartilage and labral damage.
People with the following diseases also have an increased risk of developing hip impingement:
Early-stage hip impingement might not cause any symptoms. Over time, as the condition worsens, symptoms include:
People most often experience pain in the front of their thighs.
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective tools available for treating hip impingement.
Chiropractors use a variety of therapies to treat patients, including:
Chiropractic treatment restores mobility, brings the body into balance, and helps the patient manage hip pain without turning to medications or other invasive treatments.
The chiropractic approach to treating hip impingement includes:
Chiropractic adjustment focuses on the hip joint and helps reduce hip pain, restore alignment, and improve range of motion. Chiropractic adjustment uses gentle force that pushes the joint back into alignment. This reduces strain on the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
Manual therapies allow the chiropractor to evaluate your current condition and then align your body. Manual therapies increase muscle flexibility, relaxation, and range of motion. These therapies are effective for correcting the problem, reducing pain, and preventing the progression and recurrence of the condition.
Manual or hands-on therapies include:
Chiropractors use these techniques alone or in combination with each other to achieve optimal results.
Exercises that can help with hip impingement include:
Chiropractic care offers a variety of benefits when it comes to treating hip impingement.
It’s an all-natural, drug-free approach that is safe and effective. For many, it’s a preferred alternative to surgery and other more invasive treatments with moderate to severe risks.
Chiropractic care treats the body holistically and supports its natural healing ability. Treatments improve the range of motion, increase blood flow, and release tight muscles. These things help to reduce pain and stimulate healing.
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