The hip is the largest joint in the body. As a ball and socket joint with many layers of cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons surrounding it, the hips are very mobile. Bones like the femur and pelvis and muscles like the glutes, psoas, and hamstrings all play a role in the health of the joint. Misalignment in the hip can cause the entire body to compensate, creating issues from head to toe, potentially sciatica, knee pain, lower back pain, and obviously pain in the hip itself.
Hip pain that is due to a joint misalignment cannot be corrected with painkillers or over-the-counter medications. The joint misalignment must be specifically addressed in order to restore function and alleviate pain. Chiropractors specialize in finding the root cause of the problem which is essential to understand when properly treating and managing your hip pain.