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Hip Joint Arthritis

Brad Farra - Monday, October 19, 2009

I had a patient tell me the other day that they had hip joint arthritis and their MD told them to be careful with the hip. Yes, of course be careful with the hip. A little further explanation needs to be made here because this patient took these instructions as an order to not use the hip. One of the factors in the onset of arthritis in any joint is immobility or abnormal motion. Getting an order to not use the hip is a recipe to make the arthritis worse. I'm sure the MD's intention was to have the patient not fall on the hip and protect the hip from trauma. What should be done to treat an arthritic hip is to move the joint. Exercise, strength training, and some regular Chiropractic adjusting. There are some amazing studies that show chiropractic adjusting procedures, which essentially remove joint restrictions from the hip, reduce pain and halt the progression of hip arthritis. This makes perfect sense; if you stop moving the hip and motion is restricted you are vulnerable to developing arthritis, but if you keep it moving and there are no restrictions to movement the hip is resistant to arthritis. In my practice I treat a great deal of athletes. Cyclists and runners have a lot of hip problems with muscle imbalance and tension being the top causes for hip trouble. Many of the stretches and exercises I give to athletes would benefit the non-athlete as well.

If you have any questions about hip arthritis and how I can help you don't hesitate to contact me.

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