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Fort Myers Villas Residents Ask Me, Dr. Tim Harcourt of Coast Chiropractic Centers, "Hip Pain or Low Back Pain – Which One Is It"?

Aug 16, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Technically, the hip is the ball-and-socket joint between the long bone of the thigh and the pelvis; but more often than not, many people will point to a number of different places on their back or pelvis and say, “My hip is killing me” when it’s not really “the hip” at all!

Hip pain can be located in the front (groin area), the side, the back, or the buttocks. The “classic sign” of hip pain is reproduced most consistently when you try to cross your legs—put your ankle on the far end of the thigh and then push down on your knee. This may feel tight and cause pain in the groin area. For many people, hip pain is also reproduced when they cross their legs and then pull their knee towards the opposite shoulder.

The hip is a VERY strong joint due to the deep receiving cup of the pelvis and the round ball that fits nicely into it. Because it’s a freely moving joint, there is a joint capsule. The capsule is lined with tissue that produces an oily substance that lubricates the joint (called synovial fluid), and when hip pain occurs, this can be caused by capsulitis (inflammation of the capsule) with a buildup of synovial fluid (called synovitis).

When the smooth, shiny surface of the ball starts to wear thin (which can eventually wear away down to the bone), that’s a condition called “osteoarthritis.” This occurs over time for many and may eventually result in the need for a hip replacement. This usually isn’t needed until an individual is in their late 60s or older (if at all), but for those who injure a hip earlier in life, the “wearing out” process may accelerate and a hip replacement may be needed well before old age.

There are many studies that report low back and hip arthritis often occurs together, and differentiating between the two can sometimes be a challenge. For example, pain can radiate from the hip to the knee, which many doctors will diagnose as “sciatic nerve.” But hip pain can present exactly the same, making it hard to determine if it’s low back-generated pain or hip-generated pain.

This is why it’s SO IMPORTANT that your doctor of chiropractic conduct a careful history and examination. There are specific tests that he or she will perform that help determine which of the two is causing the pain. There are times when they may find BOTH problems co-existing together, making it necessary to manage two problems, rather than just one.

There are many mobilizations, manipulation, soft tissue therapies, modalities, and exercises available to patients with both hip and low back pain. So if you’re not sure what is bothering you and you don’t know what to do, visit your doctor of chiropractic and he or she will help you through this.

So, if you are experiencing hip pain and you type in a chiropractor near me, and you find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up.  You may wonder, what is wrong with my hip?  Pain in the hip that starts to affect your activities of daily living is a problem that needs attention. Pickleball is a popular sport right now, but we find many who develop hip pain as a result of doing hip dips. Some patients wonder why walking on Fort Myers Beach or Barefoot Beach would stir their hip up.  I love, Dr. Tim Harcourt, to walk on a beach near me on a very regular basis.  Some who may be concerned about neuropathy may be concerned if this is neuropathic pain. Many who have been diagnosed with neuropathy have been on high-dosage chemicals and wonder why their hip pain remains persistent. Mini Golf, golf, tennis, and pickleball are common sports to cause hip pain. Some try Oxycodone or Hydrocodone to no avail.  Some have tried applying chemical gel to the affected area with temporary relief at best. As a last resort, some type in pain management near me to find relief.  Hopefully, you won’t have the dreaded “bone on bone” x-ray findings but if you do it doesn’t mean surgery is your only option. Obviously, most want to avoid a hip replacement.  Sometimes it can be resolved with conservative non-surgical treatment. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitate a visit to see a professional before it becomes a surgical case.  Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and hip adjustment or first Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

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