Suffer From Hip or Groin Pain?
Hip and groin pain in Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel, and surrounding areas can be debilitating. Locomotion (walking) is such an important part of everyday life. When it hurts to walk it can be really hard to get things done and it can make playing sports almost impossible. Sometimes hip and groin pain can be a nagging injury that does not seem to go away and at other times it can be a condition that is excruciatingly painful. Like most other injuries hip and groin pain are most often due to trauma or overuse. This could be from playing a sport or everyday activity. That being said sometimes hip pain is congenital. Proper examination and diagnosis should be performed when you have hip or groin pain to determine the cause of your pain, but it is also good to be aware of the most likely causes of your hip or groin pain.
Causes of hip and groin pain in Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel, and surrounding areas
While this list is not comprehensive, some of the most common causes of hip and groin pain include: acetabular labrum tears, adductor strain, femoroacetabular impingement, hamstring strain, meralgia peresthetica, quadriceps strain, traumatic hip dislocations, and trochanteric pain syndrome.
Acetabular Labrum Tears
Labrum tears in the hip could be due to trauma or overuse. One will present with intense pain that is primarily located deep in the groin. The patient’s pain will often cause them to limp or be unable to walk. Participating in sports and other activities will be very difficult. The hip will often catch or lock up. This condition can be evaluated at Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in office based on the history and using orthopedic tests. Arthroscopy or MRA, which is variant of an MRI, is necessary to be definitive with one’s diagnosis. Debridement using arthroscopy is the standard treatment for this condition. This is then followed up with rehabilitation
The adductors are the muscle group that bring the leg closer to the middle of the body. The adductors attach right into the groin area. When someone suffers a groin pull it is usually an adductor strain. The adductors are most commonly strained during sports. Especially ones that require a lot of quick leg movements. One in Pittsburgh & Fox Chapel will have pain located around the groin that is sharp in nature. The area will be tender to palpation and pain will be experienced when adducting the leg. Adductor strains are treated like most other strains. Depending on the grade, PRICE is the initial treatment applied to the area. PRICE stands for protect, rest, ice, compress, and elevate. Then one will go through rehabilitation that involve exercises to strengthen the area and stretches to loosen it up.
Femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI, is due to congenital hip abnormalities, in some cases overuse can cause the hip abnormalities. These abnormalities may go unnoticed until the hip is put in a stressful position. One will experience sharp or pinching pain. This pain may be experienced when in a deep squat or during sporting activities that put a lot of stress into the hip. In office orthopedic tests can help to diagnose FAI, however x-rays are needed for a definitive diagnosis. This condition is best treated with surgical care to resolve the abnormalities.
Hamstring strains occur in the back of the leg. One will feel as though they pulled something and sharp pain often accompanies with that sensation. Hamstring strains usually happen when the hamstring is maximally contracted. Sports that involve a lot of explosive push off can cause hamstring strains. Diagnosis is made through palpation of the area and resisted leg extension causing pain. The standard treatment for hamstring strains are the same as other strains. PRICE and then rehabilitation.
Meralgia paresthetica presents as a numbness or tingling in the outer thigh. This is due to compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and is often due to having tight pants or a tight belt which presses on the nerve. The nerve can become irritated with repeated exposure. The condition is evaluated using the patients history and through palpation of the area. The proper treatment is to stop wearing the offending item, or avoid sitting for long periods of time. If the nerve is irritated conservative therapies can be used to help reduce the irritation.
Quadriceps strains occur in the thigh. They present as a pulling sensation in the anterior thigh that is also sharp in nature. Quad strains are often due to over contraction of the quadriceps. This can be due to sporting activities such as sprinting or kicking. It can be diagnosed through palpation of the thigh and resisted hip extension. Again the treatment at Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Pittsburgh & Fox Chapel for this strain is the same as other strains. PRICE followed by rehabilitation.
Traumatic Hip Dislocations
As the name states traumatic hip dislocations are the result of trauma. When one’s hip is dislocated it can do so posteriorly or anteriorly. This mean behind or in front of the pelvis. Most commonly the hip dislocates posteriorly (behind the pelvis). A posterior hip dislocation generally happens when the hip is forced backward while in a flexed position. An anterior dislocation happens when the hip is in the extended position. This condition is often visible but needs x-rays to assess the extent of damage. The hip most be relocated and then PRICE is applied to the hip. One will have to go through a period of non-weight bearing. Conservative rehabilitation may be used depending on the extent of damage.
Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
Trochanteric pain syndrome is usually caused by irritation to bursa in the hip due to poor biomechanics. One will have localized pain on the side of their hip that can be very sharp in nature. One will often have a limp either due to previous biomechanical issues or because of the pain caused by the irritated bursa. In office orthopedic testing of the hip as well as palpation over the hip are enough to diagnose trochanteric pain syndrome. Once diagnosed the condition is treated by correcting the biomechanics that originally caused the pain.
Treatment for Hip and Groin Pain in Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel
Conservative rehabilitation and therapy is often the first line of treatment for many of the conditions that cause pain in the hip and groin. At Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation we can help you by properly assessing diagnosing and treating your hip or groin pain. Please call us today at 412-517-8124 to schedule an appointment.
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