I have severe pain in left hip and groin, numbness in side of hip.

by Sandra
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

I have severe pain in left hip and groin, numbness in side of hip.

I have osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis and have tested positive for Lyme Disease. Is chiropractic treatment advisable?

I have been suffering with chronic joint pain for at least 10 years. I had a full right knee replacement. My surgeon advises left knee replacement in the spring.

Three weeks ago I was involved in a three car rear end collision on the highway. My car was hit from behind and crashed me into the car ahead. The impact was severe enough to break the back of my driver seat and require both back and front bumper replacement and body work. I tried to brake to avoid hitting the car in front but could not stop, so I hit it with my right leg straight out pushing hard on the brake and both arms braced on the wheel.

I have been going to a physio therapist for three weeks now and my neck, shoulders, back, hip and leg, especially the right knee hurt more each day.

Pain in hip and groin is keeping me awake even with T3s. Received TENS, ultrasound and deep tissue massage and pain keeps increasing. Neck and shoulder Xrays showed no bone damage from accident just general decrepitation.

What would you recommend as a next step? The acute pain in addition to my chronic pain is making me a bit surly!

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Hello Sandra,
Mm, I can understand you're a bit surly; not grumpy too?!

Please lie on your back and gently pull your knee to the chest, and then to the opposite shoulder. Compare sides, and let me know what happens. Keep to this thread

Dr B

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Dec 01, 2014
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by: Sandra

I have been doing this @home exercise to try to relieve the pain, knees up and then over toward opposite shoulder on advice of my physiotherapist. I have extreme pain in the hip joint (sciatic?) on the right side. (gas pedal leg) In fact the original post is backwards, pain is focussed on right side, neck, back, hip and leg. Pain is worse on waking and on changing from sitting to standing but it is there constantly as a dull ache with the occasional stabbing pain. I haved also been getting cramps in my right leg, upper and lower. In therapy since Oct 7 twice a week and still feel just as sore if not worse. Thanks???

Hello again, Sandra,
It's hard to be sure from a distance, but this sounds like a hip problem, rather than your back radiating to the hip.

If it were in your back, then bending forwards, backwards or to the side would give you lower back pain, radiating to the hip area. The Slump Test for sciatica would be positive; use the Search function at Chiropractic Help to find it. I think it will probably be negative. The Femoral nerve stretch is more difficult.

An xray of your pelvis is the next step; there may be a hairline fracture lurking, or the hyaline cartilage in the joint has been severely contused.

Seeing your knee is also now playing up, my best advice is to go back to your orthopaedic surgeon. Soon. If he finds nothing, consider seeing a local chiropractor who specialises in the hip joint.

Dr B

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

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6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

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11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

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