Hip clicking and pain can be caused by several factors, including structural issues, overuse injuries, and degenerative conditions. Some of the most common causes include:
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI): FAI is a condition in which there is abnormal contact between the femoral head and the acetabulum, leading to hip pain, stiffness, and clicking. It is caused by structural abnormalities in the hip joint. (source: Mayo Clinic)
Labral Tears: The labrum is a ring of cartilage that lines the rim of the hip socket, providing stability and cushioning to the joint. When the labrum is torn, it can cause hip pain, clicking, and stiffness. Labral tears are often caused by repetitive motions or traumatic injuries. (source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage that cushions the hip joint wears away over time, leading to bone-on-bone contact and pain. It can cause clicking, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the hip joint. (source: Arthritis Foundation)
Snapping Hip Syndrome: This is a condition in which the tendons or muscles around the hip joint rub against the bone, causing a clicking or snapping sound. It can be caused by overuse, tight muscles, or structural abnormalities in the hip joint. (source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Hip Bursitis: Bursae are small sacs of fluid that cushion and lubricate the joints. When the bursae around the hip joint become inflamed, it can cause hip pain and clicking. Bursitis is often caused by repetitive motions or traumatic injuries. (source: Mayo Clinic)
Chiropractic treatment for hip pain and clicking typically involves a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. We use a hands-on approach to diagnose and treat problems with the musculoskeletal system, including the hip joint.
During a treatment session for hip pain and clicking, we will first conduct a thorough examination of the hip joint to identify any areas of restriction or misalignment. X-rays or MRI may be used to get a better look at the joint.
Once the problem has been identified, we use various techniques to realign the joint and improve its function. This may include manual adjustments, mobilization techniques, soft tissue therapy, or other forms of therapy, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Exercises and stretches will be provided to help improve hip mobility and stability.
It's important to note that while chiropractic treatment can be helpful for some cases of hip pain and clicking, it may not be appropriate for everyone. It's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition.