Anyone who has experienced hip pain is well aware of the way in which this condition changes the way you walk or stand….in this article we can find out some of the common causes of hip pain such as; arthritis, sciatica, bursitis and what you can do to treat hip pain and whether or not Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is right for you.
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a very common source of hip pain...when the cartilage between the bones wears away, the bone surfaces can rub against one another causing stiffness and pain.
Risk factors for the development of osteoarthritis include age, being overweight, poor posture, previous hip injuries or a family history of osteoarthritis.
The pain often gets worse with load bearing activities such as walking or standing up after sitting for a long time. Pain may refer to the hip, groin, thigh, back or buttocks. Untreated, the joint may become deformed.
Bursitis of the hip is often called trochanteric bursitis…it is usually painful when some presses upon the site of the affected joint. The pain is usually localised to the outer part of the hip.
It is not common for pain to refer to the groin or back. Pain is often experienced as dull and achy with tenderness if pressure is applied.
Direct injury from a fall or overuse of the hip joint can be common causes.
Sciatica can feel as though a bolt of lighting has descended your leg…common causes of sciatica include herniated discs or bone spurs.
The sciatic nerve runs from your spine, through your buttock and down the leg. As such, pain can be experienced not only in the leg, but in the aforementioned locations.
Symptoms usually appear on one side and can include pain along the sciatic nerve, numbness or tingling, leg pain.
How is hip pain diagnosed and what do conventional treatments look like? Diagnosis is often made via a physical exam to palpate the problem area and often the area may be scanned via x-ray, ultrasound and perhaps even an MRI for more accurate investigation when required. Typically, you may be advised to rest from aggravating activities, use of anti inflammatory medication, cortico steroid injections and as a last resort, surgery. Medications and surgeries have their benefits and risks which should be weighed up by the patient and their attending health professional.
Could Acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine help heal my hip pain?…Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have a long history of recorded usage of treating painful conditions such as those of the hip..
At Authentic Acupuncture clinic, located in Balmain, in Sydney’s Inner West, it is quite common for clients to present to the clinic for treatment of hip pain.
Acupuncture aims to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and to restore mobility by inserting fine sterilised needles into the body to stimulate a healing response. Often times, no needles are required at the exact point of pain to stimulate an intended healing response.
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