Hip pain can be caused by a fall or injury, or wear-and-tear over the years.
Cartilage that cushions the joint can wear down or become damaged, and muscles and tendons in the hip can be overused.
The hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body
Poor posture can be caused by an excessive anterior tilt of the pelvis, creating a ‘shallowing’ of the hip socket, increasing ‘wear and tear’ on the joint which in turn can bring on conditions such as ‘bursitis’ of the hip, ‘popping’ joints, Sciatica and inflammation while weight loading, restricting Gait and dynamic movement.
Hip irritation is usually a precursor to Osteoarthritis of the joint and brings on gait restrictions – which can become extremely debilitating as the body ages.
- When a joint develops osteoarthritis, the cartilage roughens and thins, and the bone thickens.
- The bone grows outwards, forming bony spurs called osteophytes.
- Synovial fluid builds up in the joint causing swelling.
Osteoarthritis is more common among women than men and can develop at any age – although it occurs more frequently in older people
Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are amongst the most common causes of hip pain.
People with arthritis also often feel stiffness and have reduced range of motion in the hip.
Hip fractures. Fractures of the hip are a particular problem in elderly people. With age, the bones can become weak and brittle. Weakened bones are more likely to fracture during a fall.
Bursitis. Inflammation of the small, fluid-filled sacs (called bursae) that protect muscles and tendons is usually due to repetitive activities that overwork or irritate the hip joint.
Tendonitis. Tendons are the thick bands of tissue that attach bones to muscles. Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendons. It’s usually caused by repetitive stress or negative weight load during overuse.
Owing to the weight loading nature of the hip joint – the function of the joint will reduce over time as the body continues to move in a dysfunctional manner, bringing on these ailments and creating pain.
The CiONE Postural Rejuvenation Programs have helped dramatically in delaying future hip surgery’s by ensuring that the body is maximizing it’s efficiency in gait and thus causing the least possible negative weight load through the joint during physical activity. This human engineering approach to the balancing of the skeletal structure, in turn minimizes the irritation and inflammation of the Bursae and takes the tension of the intrinsic muscular structure essential to the hip during dynamic gait.