Can a Maple Grove Chiropractor Help With Hip Pain? Adjustments, Benefits, and Costs
Chiropractic hip adjustment. You may think that dull aches and occasional sudden pangs in your hips are just an inescapable truth of getting older. Trust us, they’re not. Twenty-first-century life may be hard on the body, but if anything, we’re better equipped than ever to deal with daily wear and tear head-on. Modern chiropractic care, informed by both centuries-old practices and modern research, is one of the best ways to ensure that you feel lively and energized in your 40s, 50s, and well beyond that.
And while most people associate chiropractic adjustments with the back and spine, hips play an absolutely integral role in most treatment sessions. Healthy hip alignment is the difference between excruciating hours at your desk and a leisurely day at the office, between a vacation stuck on the hotel bed and a spontaneous stroll on the beach. So even if you don’t have back pain, or don’t think your hip pain is “that bad,” it’s worth learning a little more about how chiropractic adjustments can help.
Understanding Hip Pain and Discomfort
You know that dull ache in your hip that nags at you when you're trying to sleep? Or that sharp twinge you feel when standing up after sitting for a while? Those are just some of the signs of misaligned or uneven hips. There's a whole host of reasons why your hip might be giving you grief, each with its own unique causes and symptoms.
The hip is one of the largest joints in your body, and it's involved in almost every movement you make. So it's no surprise that alignment issues are so common. Causes of pain and discomfort typically include:
- Arthritis, which causes inflammation in the joints.
- Bursitis, where the small sacs that cushion your hip joint become inflamed.
- Tendonitis, an irritation or inflammation of the muscle insertions around your hip.
- Injuries such labral tears (a tear in the ring of cartilage that follows the outside rim of your hip joint socket).
- Hip impingement, when the ball and socket of the hip joint don't fit together properly).
- Overuse from repetitive activities, sports, or obesity.
But regardless of the specific diagnosis, hip problems are about more than just pain and discomfort. They can affect your sleep, limit your mobility, and, over time, impact your overall quality of life. You might find yourself unable to enjoy activities you used to love, like biking Maple Grove’s beautiful forest preservations or hiking the Northern Lights Loop.
Traditional medical treatments for hip pain include medications, physical therapy, and surgery. And while these options can be effective, they can come with a laundry list of unwanted side effects and might not always give us the pain relief that we're looking for. That’s why it’s usually better to start by seeing a chiropractor for hip pain and see if that clears up the issue before moving on to riskier avenues.
What is a Chiropractic Hip Adjustment?
A chiropractic hip adjustment is a non-invasive treatment focused on improving the mobility of the hip joint, reducing pain, and strengthening all the muscles along the posterior chain. In short, it’s about eliminating the grunts, groans, and grimaces that accompany standing up, sitting down, and picking up the kids.
Imagine a door with a rusty hinge that feels like it’s grinding when you open and close it. That is similar to what happens when hips are out of alignment. When you see a chiropractor for hip pain, you’re handing a metaphorical can of WD-40 to a chiropractic-school-trained physician. At a more practical, physiological level, chiropractic hip adjustments work by recentering the joint in the socket and minimizing any swelling or scar tissue that might push it back out of alignment.
Most of the time, a hip adjustment begins with the patient lying down on a special chiropractic table. You might be face down, on your side, or perhaps on your back, depending on your specific condition or the techniques your chiropractor specializes in. There’s a brief hands-on diagnostic, with the chiropractor gently palpating, or massaging, the hip joint and surrounding area to identify specific points of tension, discomfort, or misalignment.
Next, there will be a swift, controlled force to the joint. This might involve a “manual” thrust from the chiropractor's palms or with the aid of a small tool. You might feel a bit of pressure, and a popping sound, but it’s uncommon to feel pain from the adjustment itself.
Once the adjustment is completed, the chiropractor might move your hip around a little more, just to see how it's responding to the adjustment. Most patients notice immediate relief, along with additional benefits days and weeks later.
Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor for Hip Pain
Everything you do, even relaxing on the couch, engages your hip joint in some way. That’s why chiropractic hip adjustments have such a monumental impact on overall health and day-to-day energy levels. Here are some examples of the benefits:
Sitting is more comfortable
Most people don’t understand why or how hip pain can worsen from sitting for long periods – whether at work or during a long drive. But even if you’re “doing nothing,” you can still have bad posture that leads to significant discomfort. Chiropractic treatments are among the easiest fixes for bad posture.
Standing without tiring
Everyone, from grandkids to grandparents, knows the discomfort of standing in one spot for a long time. Few people realize, however, that better spine-hip alignment means significantly improved strength and stamina when waiting in line, taking the kids shopping, or hanging out at the park.
Walking becomes easier
You probably spend so much of your day walking that you can’t imagine it feeling any different. With regular adjustments, you’ll be lighter on your feet for everything from a walk around your neighborhood to a jaunt to the kitchen.
Running without injuries
For runners and joggers, hip misalignments start small and quickly get worse. And for some, there’s a temptation to “push through.” Chiropractic hip adjustments not only treat injuries that have spiraled out of control, adjustments also help to prevent reoccurrences.
How Much Does a Chiropractic Hip Adjustment Cost in Maple Grove?
When it comes to managing hip pain, chiropractic adjustments are often less volatile than conventional medical interventions – and affordable. A hip adjustment with your local chiropractor, usually falls in the range of $50 to $80 if you don’t have insurance, and sometimes $0 if you have great coverage. Go to a medical doctor or physical therapist and you’ll probably pay two to three times that.
In Maple Grove, residents rave about Dr. Tieri’s expertise when it comes to treating hip and lower back pain. One recent five-star review reads:
“Ever since an old injury from college and then having children, I have had persistent back and hip trouble. All of my expectations have been met and exceeded in my time at this clinic. Having been in physical therapy I can personally attest that these are the very same stretches they would have you do for WAY more cost. Brent takes his time to listen to you and you never feel like you're being rushed out the door. I highly recommend this clinic!”
With over a decade worth of experience, the team at Total Spine Health and Injury Center is your ticket to quick and long-lasting relief from hip-related pain and discomfort. Schedule a consultation appointment today!