Hip pain is common and stems from various sources, some of which might surprise you. Beyond the typical culprits like arthritis or injury, several unexpected factors can contribute to discomfort in your hip.
At Encompass Chiropractic Centers, we encourage you to broaden your understanding of these causes, as knowledge is often the first step toward relief.
- Footwear. Believe it or not, your shoes impact your hip health. Ill-fitting shoes, or those lacking proper support, can alter your gait and place undue stress on your hips. High heels, for instance, can throw off your body’s alignment, leading to hip pain over time.
- Sedentary Lifestyle. Many spend hours sitting at desks or looking at screens in our increasingly digital world, which causes tight hip flexors and hip pain. Moreover, sitting in the wrong posture can put extra pressure on the hip joints, exacerbating the discomfort.
- Unbalanced Strength Training. While exercise is vital for overall health, unbalanced strength training can inadvertently cause hip pain. Focusing too much on certain muscle groups and not strengthening opposing muscles results in muscular imbalances. This puts strain on your hips, which can manifest as pain.
- Stress. While primarily a mental health concern, stress can manifest physically in surprising ways. Chronic stress can lead to muscle tension, including in the hip area, causing or exacerbating pain. Additionally, stress can disrupt your sleep, which is crucial for muscle repair and recovery, further contributing to hip discomfort.
We understand that hip pain isn’t just about the hip—it’s about your entire body’s alignment and function. By offering chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and sports injury treatment, we strive to restore your body’s natural balance and help you live a pain-free life. Please don’t ignore your hip pain; understand its potential causes and seek professional help to address it.