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Sacramento Chiropractor Asks What’s Causing Your Hip Pain?

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of conditions and is a very perplexing problem for many patients. The question that Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Jeri Anderson often asks is “Do you know what’s causing your hip pain?” Most of our Sacramento area patients do not. That’s O.K., that’s why they are at our chiropractic office in the first place!

The most important detail in eliminating hip pain is finding out where the pain is coming from. Chiropractor, Dr. Jeri uses a variety of tools to help determine what is causing your problem, such as asking the right questions, performing an examination using orthopedic, neurologic and chiropractic tests, and reviewing x-rays, MRI and CT exams.

Many patients are surprised to hear that often their pain is not coming from their hip joint at all! Many other types of problems can mimic hip pain, such as:

  • Low back pain can refer pain to the hip. Think about how a heart attack refers symptoms to the left arm even though the heart is where the problem lies.
  • Sacroiliac joint problems, which are where the “dimples” in the buttocks are. Many people mistake pain here for hip joint pain.
  • TFL (tensor fasciae latae) problems and ITB (iliotibial band) problems, these are bands of muscle and soft tissue that run down the side of the thigh from the hip.
  • Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain can radiate  down from the spine and refer discomfort to the hip.

Hip joint pain certainly can be caused by hip degeneration. X-rays will often show this easily. Often however, this degeneration refers pain to the knee or causes groin pain instead of pain in the hip itself.

Bursitis of the hip joint can cause pain, but it is important to figure out why the hip bursa is inflamed in the first place. When the pelvis or spine is not functioning in a balanced fashion due to misalignment, or subluxation, too much stress can be placed on the bursa, creating hip bursitis.

As you can see, there are many causes of hip pain. In order to get better, it is important to get to the root of the problem. Contact Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Jeri Anderson for help at (916) 368-1600.

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