Hip pain can be a result of injury, such as in a fall or auto accident, or because of functional problems due to arthritis or other condition. The discomfort can become a chronic problem that has an impact on the ability to work, engage in recreational activities or even to walk for any length of time. Although there are a variety of conventional treatments for hip pain, many individuals would rather avoid the strong medication or surgery that requires a long period of recovery. NuView Health Medical offers drug-free, non-invasive treatments that help to relieve pain and improve function.
The hip joint consists of a ball-and-socket mechanism in which the “ball” is the femoral head and the “socket” is the acetabulum, bony structure into which it fits. The joint is held together with a series of ligaments. Together, this arrangement allows movement in a variety of directions. When injury or degeneration occurs in any of the individual parts, the result can be hip pain that occurs when moving, or even when sitting, as the body’s weight presses on the joint. A number of factors can contribute to hip pain, including falls, work injuries, or degenerative conditions such as arthritis that occurs with aging. Problems in spinal alignment can also put pressure on nerves that travel through the pelvis to the legs, causing pain in the hip.
The labrum is a piece of cartilage that connects to the socket in the hip joint. Tears in the labrum can result from injury, overuse or a congenital issue. Pain may occur in the hip itself, in the legs or in the buttocks. Range of motion in the hip may be affected, with a “catch” or clicking sound during movement. Joint manipulation, exercise and acupuncture can help to relieve symptoms of pain and loss of range of motion.
The piriformis muscle is located behind the hip and crosses the sciatic nerve that runs from the spine, through the hip and down the back of the legs. The piriformis can become inflamed, causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the legs can occur. Chiropractic adjustment can help to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Exercises help to strengthen the muscle. Acupuncture can be used to relieve pain.
The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, connects the pelvis to the spine. Injury, wear and tear or overuse can negatively affect the joint, which has a very small range of motion. Heavy lifting or pregnancy can put additional strain on the SI joint, causing low back pain, pain in the groin or upper legs, and difficulties with walking. Physical therapy, stretching exercises and range-of-motion exercises can help resolve problems with the SI joint. Your doctor can also provide acupuncture to reduce discomfort.
Our Doctors bring their extensive knowledge and years of experience to providing superior treatment for his patients in midtown Manhattan. Conveniently located in front of Rockefeller Center in New York, we offer chiropractic adjustments, sports therapy, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture to provide relief from neck pain, back pain, hip pain and variety of other painful conditions. Immediate appointments are available. Call NuView Health Medical today at (212) 588-0707 for an appointment to discuss the options for care that can help relieve your hip pain.
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