Over the years, countless chiropractors and clinicians have taken note of the fact that many of their patients, particularly those over the age of 50, who are suffering from chronic lower back pain are also suffering from persistent hip pain. Is there a connection between the two? If so, what is it? We investigate below.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain is far from uncommon. In fact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), nearly 80 percent of all adults will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. This lower back pain can often present as a result of wear and tear as we age, as a result of an injury or accident, or even as a symptom of a much bigger problem. But what does it mean when it presents alongside hip pain?
Seeing as though the joint of the hip is located near your spine, hip pain is often simply masquerading as back pain. However, this is not always the case. Back and hip pain may appear together simply due to ordinary wear and tear of the body, which is most likely the case when it presents in elderly patients.
Other possible causes of back and hip pain include muscle strain, arthritis, a herniated disc or an inflamed nerve.
What to do about it
If ever chronic back pain becomes so bad that it interferes with your quality of life, especially if it is occurring in conjunction with hip pain, it is recommended to visit a doctor or chiropractor for assistance and relief. Chronic pain may also appear due to someone being overweight, so it is important to make certain lifestyle changes to account for this in order to notice a difference.
Regardless of whether you suffer from chronic back pain, hip pain or a combination of both, there is no need to endure it. Through seeking treatment, you will be able to find relief and enjoy a vastly improved quality of life. For information about finding a qualified chiropractor near you, visit our website: http://membership.chiropractic.co.za/Public/Index#/findAChiropractor