Hip pain is often related to the deterioration of the ball and socket joint, often referred to as the “hip joint”.
Where is the Hip Joint?
When we use the term “hip joint,” most people are actually referring to more than one joint. The true hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint where the head (ball) of the thigh bone (femur) meets the acetabulum (socket) of the hip. Another is the sacroiliac joint, formed where the sacrum meets the ilium. All of these joints are part of the pelvic structure and therefore biomechanically influence one another.
Hip Joint Issues
The true hip joint can commonly be affected by wear and tear arthritis (degenerative arthritis) which is characterized by a wearing away of the cartilage in the joint. As the protective cartilage is worn away, bare bone is exposed within the joint leading to stiffness, pain and sometimes hip replacement surgery.
Chiropractic & Hip Pain
The sacroiliac joints are also prone to arthritis as well as subluxation, and are a common cause of low back pain. With chiropractic treatments, pain management and even relief are entirely possible.