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Hip pain and inflammation in the hips are among the most common signs of aging. Diminished joint lubrication and chronic joint inflammation are among the many causes of this discomfort. More commonly, however, this pain can be attributed to problems with the spine. Once spinal alignment becomes compromised, people can experience a range of functional problems across all muscle systems and joints. This is why hip pain can develop at any age and across demographics of all activity levels and interests.
As the central supporting structure in the body, the spine is integral for ensuring that no muscle, muscle group or joint is being overworked. With good alignment and good overall posture, people can complete a range of challenging activities including elevation changes, lifting while bending and climbing, without serious risk of injury or discomfort. When either alignment or posture are poor, however, even minor movements can cause discomfort and the risk of physical injury is always high.
Hip Pain Is Often An Alignment Issue Masquerading As Something Else
Many people are surprised to discover that their hip discomfort originates in their back. In addition to being the primary or central support structure for the entire body, however, the spine is also an information highway. Countless messages are sent across the spine between the brain and the nerves each and every second of the day. When alignment issues are present, this communication becomes compromised and problems can occur.
Not only are their issues that can occur as the result of discs having moved, but when the vertebrae aren’t stacked up just right, there is also a high likelihood of having one or more nerves become compressed or pinched. This can lead to excruciating pain that won’t relent until the the compression is resolved.
The pain of nerve compression is sharp and shooting. If the sciatic never is compressed, the resulting pain will travel down the back of the leg and may even impact the buttock. Although consumers might readily reach into their cabinets for pain pills, products like Ibuprofen and aspirin are not designed to address this discomfort. Nerve pain can only be alleviated by very specific families of drugs.
Getting A Long-Term Solution for Hip Pain Relief
It is important to note that pain pills are a poor substitute for a solution when nerve pain exists. This is a functional problem and one that is usually best addressed with functional therapies. The goal of a functional therapy is to improve the way in which a part of the body works in relation to all other body parts for improved mobility and greater overall comfort.
Hands-on therapies such as those that are supplied by chiropractors can be very effective for correcting slipped discs and pinched or compressed nerves. Chiropractors are trained to slowly finesse vertebrae back into their positions so that the spine can function and feel normal again. This is a process that takes time and it is usually completed over a number of visits.
Sometimes hip discomfort develops as the result of a jarring, impact event such as a car crash or a slip and fall injury. Correcting associated alignment issues could be the safest and most natural way to gain relief from this discomfort. When alignment-related hip discomfort occurs outside of an impact event, however, it is also necessary to make strategic lifestyle changes for better protecting this part of the body against future and preventable strain.