Hip pain affects our leg movement due to a combination of issues with your muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. It is usually felt at the front of the hip, pain at the back usually described as buttock pain.
Hip pain ranges from an annoying niggle that comes and goes, to severe pain.
Sometimes Hip problems resolve with time, rest or exercise. More often the problem doesn’t get better properly and feels stiff, painful or vulnerable so you are afraid of getting back to normal activities. This is when a professional opinion and treatment is really helpful.
Untreated, unfortunately these pains can go from short easy to fix problems, to long term and harder to fix problems. Nobody likes taking pain killers or contemplating surgery. It’s important to choose a treatment which is safe, effective and proven thousands of times over all over the world.
We've already dealt with some of the common causes such as trauma and wear and tear. However, let’s dive in a little deeper to see which Hip conditions Osteopathic care provides a safe non surgical solution for:
Sometimes the hip clicks, either regularly or at random, or catches painfully and unexpectedly. There can be disturbance inside the joint, or the back and pelvis is unbalanced leading to “mistracking”. This means something not running smoothly in it’s socket.
Arthritis of the hip is a condition that results from wear and tear of your hip ball and socket. It is quite common, building as you get older, but Arthritis is not a one way street and with careful treatment can improve significantly. Pain killers mask the pain and can actually make this condition worse as you overuse irritated tissues in your hip. Even if you need a hip replacement, Osteopathy can shorten post op recovery time, and skilfully balance the way the hip moves so prolonging the life of the hip inserts.
Osteoporosis can affect women as they get older, and it is important to build up your bones with exercise, and balance the function of your body so that loads are gently absorbed by a spring (which is what your spine should be!). Treatment to steadily get your back, pelvis and hips loosened up can transform hip pain in the elderly. This can mean the difference between getting about and being housebound.
An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.
We don’t use machines or ask you to do endless exercises that you find difficult and don’t help (or even make you worse). We just get your body working properly by aligning everything, relaxing it on a deep level, and getting the parts of your body talking to each other. Treatment is typically very gentle and relaxing. Healing comes naturally without drugs or surgery.
This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by in the end the miracle of your body healing itself.
And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected.