Is My Hip Hurting – Or Is It My Low Back?

Is My Hip Hurting – Or Is It My Low Back?

If you’ve ever complained of hip pain, you may be surprised to learn that it might not have been your hip causing you bother. The hip is actually a very strong joint between the long thigh bone and the pelvis, and there are easy ways to test for true hip pain.

  • Test one: From a seated position, place an ankle on the opposite thigh and then press lightly on your knee. It may feel tight and painful in the groin.
  • Test two: From a seated position, cross your legs and gently pull the top knee toward the opposite shoulder. It may be painful on the outside and back of the hip, or you may notice pinching in the groin.

True hip pain comes from an inflammation of the joint capsule and an accumulation of the oily fluid, called synovial fluid, which lubricates the joint.

However, diagnosing hip pain correctly can be tricky. It can present in the same way as certain low back problems. If you’re seeing a chiropractor for assistance with hip or low back pain, there are specific tests he or she can do to determine what exactly is causing your pain.

Treatment options for hip and low back pain may include mobilization, soft-tissue therapies, specific exercises, mobilization and modalities. Your chiropractor can create a personalized treatment plan that will address your source of pain – and remedy it.

If you’re not sure what’s causing pain in your hip or low back pain, a consultation with Dr. McSweeney may provide clarity. Learn more about what to expect at your first visit, or schedule your appointment today.