Many people misconstrue the hips with the pelvis. The hips sit in the groin area and attached to the pelvis via the coxa joints. (Hip joints)
Apart from traumatic injury, birth defects or disease processes disease processes, which are rare, hip pain is usually from wear and tear. It affects many of the elderly and accounts for thousands of surgeries yearly. Hip pain in children is very rare and without a traumatic cause and doesn’t seem to get better should always seek medical opinion.
In this section I will stick to the most common causes of hip pain which is namely wear and tear.
First indicators of hip wear and tear is usually lack of full range of motion. During a physical exam the chiropractor will check for this first asking gently putting the hip through their range of motion and looking for imbalances between the two. He will also check to see if the joints have full movement.
The pain from hip comes later and usually starts as twinges in the groin upon doing certain movements along with stiffness. The pain is often referred down the front of the leg into the knee.
Depending on the severity of the wear and tear treatment usually consists of gentle mobilization and correcting any pelvic misalignments. Distortions in the upper part of the lumbar spine can also cause hip pain as the nerve flow to the hip, groin up to the knee come off this part of the spine.