Pelvic and Hip Pain
Hip and Pelvic Pain
Hip and pelvic pain can be very complex, but it is also a very common complaint. Spinal and Sports Care Clinic is staffed with well-trained chiropractors who perform a detailed history and examination to determine the cause of the pain and the best plan for treatment. Musculoskeletal sources of hip and pelvic pain respond well to our comprehensive chiropractic approach to patient care which can include: chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release techniques, massage therapy, homecare recommendations, and therapeutic exercise.
Pelvic joint pain can come from any of the four joints in the pelvic girdle: two Sacroiliac Joints in the back of the pelvis, one Sacrococcygeal Joint (tailbone) and one Pubic Symphysis in the front of the pelvis (groin).
Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction is a common cause of pelvic, hip, and even low back pain. These joints are located on either side of the back of the pelvis, below the low back. It is not unusual for Sacroiliac Joint pain to radiate into the hip joints, groin, buttock, or down the back of the leg. The Sacroiliac Joints can be causing pain by being fixated by an abnormal lack of movement, or hypermobile, caused by an abnormal excessive amount of movement. Both cases can lead to joint pain, muscle dysfunction, and Sciatic Nerve Pain. Our chiropractors first classify patients as having a fixated or hypermobile joint that is causing pain, and then provide treatment to either increase joint movement for the fixated joint or provide stability for the hypermobile joint. Treatment techniques are tailored to each patient.
Sacrococcygeal Joint is often referred to as the “tailbone.” This joint is often sprained in falls when landing on your buttock and can be sprained during childbirth. This pain can be severe, so we use gentle treatments to reduce joint pain and muscle spasms in this sensitive area.
Pubic Symphysis is a cartilaginous joint in the front of the pelvis, connecting two pubic bones together in the “groin” area. The pain can radiate into the hip, groin, lower abdomen, low back, perineum, and leg. Pubic Symphysis pain is common in sports injuries, slips with leg separation, during pregnancy, and after child birth.
Hip Pain can be caused by soft tissue and/or joint dysfunction. The hip joint is a very mobile ball-and-socket joint where the thigh bone (femur) attaches to the pelvic socket (acetabulum). Hip pain can be caused by joint dysfunction or from soft tissue irritation, but it is often a result from the combination of the two. Sources of soft tissue irritation can include: bursitis, tendinitis, tendinosis, muscle strain and muscle imbalances. Dysfunction of the hip joint can cause pain in the hip, buttock, groin, pelvis, low back, upper thigh, knee, ankle, and even the foot. Hip pain responds well to chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will identify your pain generators and then determine the best course of care. Joint dysfunction is corrected through comfortable chiropractic adjustments and mobilization, and soft tissue irritation is treated using a variety of techniques including: therapeutic exercise, stretches, myofascial release techniques including Graston, and massage therapy.