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Hip Pain Solutions for Seniors: Managing the Golden Years

Oct 30, 2023 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Hip pain tends to become increasingly prevalent as individuals age. Statistics indicate that approximately one in seven seniors regularly encounters substantial hip discomfort, especially during everyday activities like sitting and standing. Beyond the pain itself, these individuals often report a reduced capacity to engage in their usual routines. Consequently, it's common for those experiencing hip pain to arrange consultations with chiropractors to explore the potential benefits of non-invasive care, with the aim of avoiding the use of medications, injections, or surgical procedures.

When a patient first presents for chiropractic care for hip pain, they will be asked to complete paperwork to describe both their past medical history and their current hip pain. This may also include questionnaires using diagrams and scales to assess pain and disability. The information provided will be useful to rule out red flags (fracture, infection, malignancy, and/or acute nerve injury) that may necessitate referral to a specialist or emergency services. The data will also provide insights as to the potential cause/s of the patient’s hip pain.

The possible causes for hip pain are myriad. In addition to trauma, arthritis, congenital defects, and other issues that can affect the soft tissues and bones that comprise the hip joint, the pain experienced as “hip pain” may actually be referred pain from the low back or buttocks. Or the patient might not even have hip pain but may be mistaking pain from nearby locations as hip pain. There may even be indication that the underlying cause is not musculoskeletal in nature and part of a larger issue that may need to be co-managed with the patient’s medical physician.

Once a chiropractor has reviewed the information provided by the patient, they will conduct a physical examination of the hip joint that may include analysis of gait or walking, sitting, and standing; ability to stand on one leg; range of motion (ROM) from seated and recumbent positions; leg length variance; muscle length checks; and neurovascular assessments in the lower limbs. This may also involve evaluation of the feet, ankles, knees, and lower back, as musculoskeletal disorders in these areas can place added stress on the affected hip during movement and would need to be treated to provide a satisfactory outcome for the patient.

While the specifics of treatment will vary from patient to patient, as well as the chiropractor’s training and clinical experience, care may involve a multimodal approach that includes manual therapies, exercise training, nutrition recommendations, and physiotherapy modalities aimed at restoring normal movement to the hip and other joints that could play a role in the patient’s chief complaint. As with many conditions, the longer it persists, the more time it can take to achieve a complete recovery, if at all. If you’re currently experiencing hip pain, call your doctor of chiropractic sooner rather than later.

So, if you are interested in no longer chasing your tail on the pain gerbil wheel and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Is There a Better Way to Address Actually Fixing the Cause of the Pain?”

Once you have experienced the frustration of simply covering over the pain temporarily, you may be more enlightened to the idea of fixing the problem and then keep it that way. Some around you say one description of such an approach is called wellness care.

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If you feel like a gerbil on a perpetual pain wheel and you know it is negatively affecting your quality of life and keeping you from enjoying walks at Fort Myers Beach, playing golf, tennis, pickle ball or others, come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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