Hip pain is no easy problem to deal with. While I’ve fortunately never had to deal with any sort of severe or prolonged hip pain, stiffness, or discomfort, I know plenty of other people who have. After all, hip pain is one of the most common pain related conditions and ailments facing many Americans today, and it can be caused by any one of many factors, including accidents and illnesses.
Since there are so many different factors that can all potentially cause hip pain, it can be difficult enough for a patient, let alone a medical professional, to figure out what the root cause or causes may be. One particular condition that tends to lead to pain and discomfort in the lower hip and pelvic area of the body is known as femoral acetabular impingement syndrome, which is more commonly referred to as hip impingement syndrome.
So how do you know if this is in fact the condition that’s been causing you so much grief and discomfort lately? Thankfully, there are many helpful resources out there to help you assess your situation, including a great article by Bodi Empowerment that does a great job breaking down the symptoms and the specifics of hip impingement syndrome.
When thinking about your own personal hip pain and discomfort, you should ask yourself a few key questions in order to get a proper assessment. Do you experience any sudden or sharp pains with movement and activity? Does sitting down for prolonged periods of time seem to only make your discomfort worse and not better? Do simple acts such as climbing a flight of stairs or bending down to tie a shoelace tend to be accompanied with pain in the groin or hip area? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing hip impingement syndrome.
This condition is mostly caused by abnormalities within the hip joints, such as having sockets that are pointing at odd and unusual angles. Sometimes childhood injuries, or fractures in the hip area can eventually erode the hip joints and sockets in such a way that hip impingement syndrome occurs. If you suspect that this may be the case, it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your local doctor of chiropractic, who can perform an impingement assessment test to see if that is what is causing your hip pain.
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