Hips are such large, pivotal joints that if there's anything wrong with the joint or surrounding tissues, it can cause intense and prolonged pain. If hip pain is making it hard to live a normal life, board-certified chiropractor Jeffry Yoder, DC, of Meridian Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, can help. Dr. Yoder's considerable skills enable him to free up tight hips and restore function as well as relieve pain. For expert resolution of your hip pain, call Meridian Chiropractic Clinic today or book an appointment online.
Sudden hip pain may be due to trauma, for example, a fall, sports injury, or auto accident. It can also result from overuse of the joint or degenerative conditions that cause the bones and tissues to deteriorate over time. Likely causes of hip pain include:
The hips are your central weight-bearing joints, so pain here can affect your whole body.
Depending on what's causing your hip pain, you might experience sudden, severe pain in the joint and be unable to bear weight on the affected leg. If there's nerve damage, you might get numbness in your leg and foot on that side.
You may also see an abnormality where your feet turn inward. This is commonly due to conditions like scoliosis, where your spine curves to the left or right instead of going in a straight vertical line, or uneven leg length.
If you have chronic hip pain and other methods aren't working, it's common for doctors to recommend surgery — most often, hip replacement. However, this is a major, painful operation with a lengthy recovery period, and for many people with hip pain, it isn't necessary.
On the other hand, chiropractic care is conservative and noninvasive, and in Dr. Yoder's expert hands, any discomfort is minimal.
Dr. Yoder might suggest various techniques to relieve your hip pain, including:
Chiropractic adjustments can play a significant role in restoring joint mobility. Dr. Yoder applies a controlled force to restricted hip joints, often using a drop-table technique. He thrusts the bone in your hip gently, but enough to trigger a mechanism in the table that makes it drop half an inch.
This movement, plus the effect of gravity, helps move the bone and opens the joint, freeing it so you can move more easily and feel less pain.
To receive prompt, expert treatment for hip pain, call Meridian Chiropractic Clinic and schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoder, or use the online form to book an appointment.