The daily demands you place on your hips to bear weight, walk, climb stairs, bend and twist make them two of your hardest working joints. But a hip damaged by arthritis, a fracture or other similar condition can't take the walking, climbing, bending and twisting like it used to. Hip pain can make it difficult to walk, go up and down stairs, squat or sleep on the side that hurts. A clicking or snapping feeling or sound around a hip joint may annoy you or cause you to worry. In many cases there is nothing to worry about especially if you do not have hip pain. Home treatment is usually all that is needed for minor hip symptoms.
Hip Pain Symptoms
Oddly enough, a person who has a hip problem often feels pain in the knee or thigh instead of the hip. This is especially true in children and elderly adults. Hip symptoms may develop from injury, overuse, infection or a problem that was present from birth.
Hip symptoms include:
pain swelling and bruising. inability to bend, straighten or move a leg as usual. snap, pop or grating sound or feeling. loose or unstable feeling. numbness or tingling.
Injuries are a common cause of hip problems. You may not remember a specific injury especially if your symptoms began gradually or during everyday activities.
Overuse Injuries occur from repeating the same activity over and over. The repeated activity, such as running or bicycling long distances, stresses the hip joint and may cause irritation and inflammation.
Acute Injuries may occur from a fall on the hip, a direct blow to the hip or knee or abnormal twisting or bending of the leg.
Causes for Hip Pain
snapping pain on the outside of the hip and sometimes the knee may be caused by iliotibial band syndrome.
pain in the hip, thigh or knee and a limp in adolescents may be caused by a condition in which the upper end of the thighbone (femur) slips at the growth plate als known as slipped capital femoral epiphesis.
pain that is worse in the morning and improves during the day may be caused by osteoarthritis which may develop from an injury or normal use. Other types of arthritis may affect a hip including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus.
pain can occur with signs of infection in a joint, bursa or bone.
severe pain in either a hip or knee and a stiffening of the hip joint may be caused by a lack of blood flow to the hip.
pain in the buttocks, often described as hip pain, may be caused by a problem in the lower back.
pain that shoots down the leg from the hip or lower back may be sciatica, caused by an irritated or pinched sciatic nerve.
pain that becomes worse over several months with weight-bearing. This may be caused by transient osteoporosis which affects middle-aged men. Transient osteoporosis also affects women in their third trimester of pregnancy. This condition usually goes away on its own in 6 to 12 months after delivery.
tumor (rare cause of hip pain). This causes pain deep in the hip that is usually worse at night.
Results and expectations at the Advanced Massage Therapy Center:
Most hip pain comes from muscles referral and hip misalignment. Therapy will reveal which muscles are referring the pain. In most cases there are primary and laden muscles involved causing the pain and misalignment. After the initial massage therapy, pain will subside scientifically. More massage therapy applications are required to gain control of the dysfunction and trigger muscle referrals. The pain usually travels, so the additional massage therapies are to insure the recover process will be accomplished.
Recommended Therapy: NeuroMuscular Massage and CranioSacral Massage.