Good day, everyone. It's Dr. Michael from Charlton Chiropractic. Look, today I want to talk about the three top reasons why people have persistent hip troubles. The first thing is, they're not really addressing the issue at hand. If we take a spine and pelvis, here, they're feeling the pain around the hip, around the side of the hip, up around the buttock there, or around there. So, what do most people do? They look at the hip. They look here. They examine here because the pain's here. Now, what's the issue with that is, is some bursitive muscle. Yeah, that can cause you a lot of pain but you're going to notice things like lying on that side will be really tender, but most people are looking at the hip itself.
As a chiropractor, we think about you globally. We think about you holistically, and we want to really know what's the health of your spine and pelvis is and the nervous system. So, what we look at, we obviously want to look at the hip and make sure there's no degenerative change or any disease process occurring, but most times I find in my experience that there might be troubles with the sacroiliac joint that's irritating nerves and that's causing you to have pain in the hip itself, or they might be ... The second problem might be that it's an alignment issue. You might have a short leg and that's causing that to be out of alignment and it's putting more pressure on the joint and more pressure on the hip. Over time, as you walk and as you move, it's putting more and more pressure on that and it's not being resolved, so they'll do things to treat the symptoms of the hip but they're not doing things to address the alignment.
The third thing is not addressing the, I guess the same idea, but it's not addressing the underlying dysfunction in the spine. We can have referred pain from the spinal nerves, so there can be an alignment issue in terms of the shape of the back or from the front, like there's something like a postural change or a scoliosis where there's an alignment issue. If that's not being addressed, you can do things to feel better like getting a massage or even getting adjusted until you feel better, but that's not addressing the problem properly. We want to address the alignment changes, address the alignment damage that might be there, get it as best we can so you can live your best life. You can live the best quality of life, not just get out of the symptomatology.
So, if you want to really understand more about this and maybe you're having some hip troubles and you really want to make out why, then please shoot us a message or give us a call and we'll have a look at you and see what we can do to help. It's surprising how many people don't look at these things, even chiropractors, and it's not to have a go at them and it's not to say that they're not doing a good job, but maybe there's another perspective that we should look at, or it's not just the hip but it's maybe the pelvis, it's maybe the spinal joints, or maybe it's the level of the tailbone, so the leg length.
Of course, people make the mistake of when they feel better, they stop. Now, it's human nature, but what we know is that pain will go within probably a couple weeks to a couple months, depending on the case. But to address these underlying structural changes, probably it can take six to 12 months, which is like braces with teeth. They take two or three years, so we have to be quicker than that generally. But to get you in the best shape we can, it might take six to 12 months but it will mean that we address this properly and get this damage under control, stop it progressing hopefully, and give you the best life possible. So, any questions or if you want to get a checkup, please call us, but in the meantime, have a lovely day.