Hip/Knee Pain Detailsby Ellen Bialo, DC
What causes hip pain?
Hip pain is especially common as we get older. The primary causes are poor posture, low back ailments including poor spinal alignment, arthritis, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, and repetitive stress injuries, as well as injuries from car accidents, falls, and sports activities. Carrying heavy bags can also cause hip pain by “throwing” your spine out of alignment and creating an excessive and unnatural distribution of weight.
Does hip pain mean I need to have a joint replacement surgery?
No; in fact, regular chiropractic care can help resolve many issues of hip pain, helping men and women avoid surgery while still reducing painful symptoms. During your evaluation, we can discuss care options and treatment plans that can help you improve mobility, strength and flexibility as well as reducing pain and stiffness.
How does chiropractic treat hip pain?
Chiropractic care begins with an assessment of your symptoms so treatment can be customized specifically for your needs. Many people with chronic hip pain respond to gentle non-force techniques to realign the lower spine as well as the hip joint, relieving pressures on nerves and blood vessels to restore normal tissue health. As one of the major joints in the body, the hip requires an ample supply of oxygen-rich blood to stay healthy. Non-force adjustments optimize circulation and nerve signaling pathways to keep the surface tissues of the joint as healthy as possible for greater mobility and less stiffness and pain.
What can I do to keep my hips healthy and free of symptoms?
Maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active are the best ways to keep your hips healthy, and having regular chiropractic adjustments can ensure the joints stay in optimal health as you age. Practicing good posture and taking frequent when sitting and standing for long periods of time is also important.
What causes knee pain?
Even though they're designed to be sturdy, the knees are a common cause of complaints among men and women, especially as we get older. All day long, our knees are subjected to considerable forces and strains, helping us walk, run, bend, lift and even simply stand. Knee pain can be caused by direct injury from a car accident, sports injury or a slip and fall, but very often, pain and stiffness develop as a result of overuse and repetitive injuries as well as degenerative changes in the joint, including arthritis. The knees contain bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles, as well as blood vessels and nerves, and any of these structures can become irritated and inflamed. What's more, some knee pain can be referred pain, emanating not in the knee joint, but in the spine.
What kinds of chiropractic care can help resolve knee pain?
Treating the knee joint begins with an assessment of the joint and the symptoms you're experiencing. Most men and women respond well to non-force adjustments of the knee and sometimes the spine using a sequence of controlled movements to gently readjust the alignment of the joints to reduce impingement, irritation, and inflammation. Therapeutic exercise, supportive devices like soft braces, and ice or heat therapy can also help. Your treatment will be customized specifically for your needs.
How can I prevent knee pain?
You can prevent knee pain by maintaining a healthy weight to reduce strain on the joint, staying active, avoiding overuse and seeing a chiropractor for regular gentle adjustments of both the knee and the lower spine. Quitting smoking to improve overall circulation and taking frequent breaks when standing for prolonged periods of time are also important, as is good posture. Also, try to avoid “locking” your knees when standing to reduce pressure inside the joint.