The sprained hip is a painful condition that occurs when you pull or tear the ligaments around your hip joint. Damage to hip ligaments can occur as a result of premature wear and tear or injuries such as a slip and fall or a sports injury. The most common activities that cause damage to the hip ligaments are activities that require sudden stops, twisting, or sudden changes of directions while walking or running.
Common symptoms of a hip sprain include pain and tenderness at the hip joint or the thigh bone. You may also notice difficulty with walking or lifting your legs. A sprained hip is a serious injury that needs urgent attention. Neglect of hip injuries leads to instability of the hipbone as well as degenerative changes. Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers the best non-surgical hip treatment in Malaysia. Sprained or pulled hip therapy at our center is provided through the combined efforts of our chiropractors and physiotherapists.
Cause and Treatment for a Sprained Hip
Before getting into the meat and potatoes of this article, we need to clarify the difference between a hip sprain and strained hip. For some, this may be too basic while others may require a bit of clarity: an important point, especially if you are suffering from hip pain.
Whenever you hear the term “Sprain,” it refers to an injury to the ligaments of a joint. Ligaments are the connectors of our bones. Joint ligaments are the fibrous tissues that connect our bones. The shoulder and the hip joint are the two most ligament dense joints of the body. In other words, these two joints have layers upon layers of ligaments. We need these ligaments to prevent a dislocation. Sometimes, these ligaments get stretched beyond their limits leading to a sudden onset injury or microscopic tears, which produces varying degrees of pain.
A “Strain” on the other hand is an injury similar to the sprain, but one that involves the muscle. For example, a ”Strained Hamstring.” Sprain and Strain injuries are common in sports. It is important to understand the cause (ligament or muscle) before treatments, as the different tissues will require distinct levels of care.
One of the most common injuries that we encounter in our offices is a “Sprained Hip”. They are relatively common because the hip has layers and layers of it to protect the joint.
What Should You Do for Hip Sprain?
The first thing you need to do with an injured or sprained hip is to stop the activity that caused the injury. Even if the pain felt is minimal, activity should be stopped to avoid further damage to hip and spine. Using an ice pack on the injured area can help speed up recovery. This works best if the injured area is iced with an hour of the injury.
Most patients with hip sprain also have co-injuries. Co-injuries or co-conditions that involve the hip muscles (hip strain), the lower back and knees are common. So, ice the knee or lower back if you are experiencing any symptoms in the knees or low back. Slip-disc is a nasty disorder often presenting as painful hip. The best advice we can provide as a self-help is to call our center. Let our clinical experts assess your condition to see if it warrants treatment or therapy from our clinical physiotherapists or chiropractors (Kiropraktor).
What Causes Hip Pain While Walking?
A common cause of hip pain while walking is the neglect of old injury. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint that is encapsulated with a tough band of ligaments. These ligaments hold the joint in place, preventing it from disclosing. Even the mildest injury to the hip joint can have far-reaching consequences. Mild injuries often show up later as painful hips. With a mild injury, the ligaments and soft tissues get damaged. As you age the severity of damage may worsen. In time, it could lead to frequent or constant hip pain. In fact, these old and untreated injuries are common causes of hip pain while walking in persons over the age of 50.
A person with a spariend hip has stretched or torn one of the ligaments that support the hip joint. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that hold the bones in place during movement of a joint. If you have sprained your hip, you may feel pain and tenderness around your hip joint. You may find it hard to walk, especially if you are having hip pain. You might find it difficult when you stand or feel a bit (or a lot) of hip pain or stiffness in your hip joint. Our bodies are mechanical. Sometimes joints get stuck or are not moving correctly. When this happens, the malfunction turns into wear and tear and eventual breakdown.
How long should you wait before you get treatment for a hip sprain?
The hip joint is an essential weight-bearing joint. Slightest pain that lasts longer than three days should be treated experts that specialize in hip treatments. But, this doesn’t mean you go to the orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeons are needed when you want surgery. If you are not keen on getting surgery, it will be much better to visit a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. Surgeons often prescribe medication or injections for injured hips. Medication and injections are not treatments. They are chemical that subdues the pain, and as such should be avoided. Our recommendation is to opt for treatments that address the sprained hip holistically without invasive methods or procedures.
Experiencing pain is the natural sign of the body informing you that something is not right. If you choose to ignore your pain, eventually symptoms will become worse. To prevent unnecessary damage, it is highly important to receive care as soon as possible. Thus, call or visit any Chiropractic Specialty Center® near you to receive the best clinical physiotherapy in Malaysia. Our centers are the pioneers of clinical physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment in Malaysia.
The pain of a Sprained Hip can be referred to the Low Back or Down to the Leg
Hips are the strongest of joints in your body. They bear your weight and allow to live a healthy active life. Injuries always result in malfunction and pain. Care should be sought as soon as possible to prevent instabilities in the hips. The hip is anatomically one of the most stable joints in your body, but it is susceptible to injury when in the flexed (knee towards chest). Extension injuries (areas between the knee and back) may occur with significant trauma. Hip pain resulting from a hip sprain is an uncommon sports injury, accounting for less than 4% of all sprains and 1% of all injuries. They do happen, though.
Sprained hip refers to hip pain on the medial aspect (inside/toward the midline of the body) of the knee, lower back, groin or buttocks. Persistent pain, particularly with locking or catching sensations, should be evaluated immediately. Chiropractic Specialty Center® treats sprained hip through the collaborative efforts of advanced clinical chiropractors in Malaysia and research-based teams of physiotherapists. For sprained hip treatment in Malaysia, visit one of our centers today.