The cause of pain in the hip can be found in the hip joint itself and in the muscles that directly or indirectly affect the hip joint.
Osteoarthritis of the hip develops gradually over many years and is actually something that all people will get to some extent over time. Osteoarthritis of the hip is often seen in people who are or have been overweight or who have had hard physical work over many years, where they have walked, stood or lifted a lot. If you had hip problems as a child, you are particularly predisposed to osteoarthritis later in life. Some are genetically predisposed to osteoarthritis. Too little exercise, poor diet and smoking are also predisposing factors.
The first symptoms of wear and tear in the hip joint can be pain in the buttocks, groin and possibly in the hip itself, often at the end of the day and after long walks. Some are completely pain-free in the hip, but experience pain in the knee after straining the hip. The symptoms develop gradually over many years with good and bad periods.
In addition to pain after strain, many people experience morning stiffness in the joint and only experience symptom relief or cessation of symptoms when the hip has been moved for a few hours. Later in the course, the hip pain can be deep and piercing or come in a rush and can last from hours to days. Nighttime pain often occurs around the hip or knee.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder that cannot be cured, and the wear and tear will increase over the years, but you can often relieve the pain and make the wear and tear progress more slowly by staying active and avoiding excess weight.
Specific joint mobilization of the hip joint and stretching of the surrounding muscles have been shown to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip. In addition, the chiropractor will treat the joints and muscles that directly and indirectly affect the hip, i.e., muscles and joints in the lower back, pelvis, thighs, knees and feet.
Around the hip there are many muscles, tendons and bursae which can trigger symptoms. It is important to find out what is what with hip pain, so that correct treatment can be initiated.