What is Hip Pain?
Hip pain generally refers to any pain in the area of the hip joint and surrounding tissue. Some people may experience hip pain due to over-exerting themselves during exercise, or from an injury. For some people, hip pain could be a sign of the onset of arthritis or osteoarthritis. Many people will experience hip joint pain as they get older, as it is simply a common symptom of the aging process.
Hip pain problems can be more than just aches and discomfort; for many adults, the condition can lead to mobility problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Hip Pain
Hip pain can vary in severity, and the symptoms often depend on the initial cause. For some, hip pain involves aching or stiffness in the hip joint or groin. This can cause limitations in a person’s range of motion, making walking difficult and putting one at a higher risk of falling.
For some people, hip pain may be throbbing or shooting. Sometimes pains can shoot down into the thigh or down to the knee.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Hip Pain
You may be surprised to find out that the source of your hip pain may originate a bit further up. The upper cervical spine is the uppermost seven vertebrae of the spinal column. They begin at the base of the skull and run down the neck.
The upper cervical spine is responsible for holding up the weight of the head and stabilizing the neck, but this is a vulnerable area that is prone to injury. A misalignment of these vertebrae can cause a domino effect of musculoskeletal health problems going down into the lower back and hips. As the body shifts posture to compensate for even a slight misalignment, this imbalance can put undue pressure and stress on the muscles and joints in the lower body.
If a misalignment of the upper cervical spine goes untreated, the constant, long-term stress on the sacroiliac hip joints can result in increasing hip pain.
How Our Hip Pain Treatment Works
Just as a misalignment of the upper cervical spine can cause hip pain, proper alignment can bring relief to the hip and allow the body to heal and function properly. Dr. Christina Coblish and Dr. Ryan Moeskau of the Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Boulder use the Blair Chiropractic Technique to help correct misalignments of the spine.
The Blair technique is a modern safe yet effective chiropractic method that utilizes minimal force in precise locations to help ease the spine back into proper alignment. Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau begin treatment with state-of-the-art imaging tools. Using 3D diagnostic images, the doctor can eliminate the guesswork and pinpoint areas of concern. Adjustments are then able to be quick, exact, and gentle, restoring health and alleviating pain.
An upper cervical alignment is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment for hip pain. If you have been suffering from this condition, call our offices for a consultation. We cover Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Erie, Lafayette, Broomfield, and Denver in Colorado.