What to do with hip pain?

Does the lotus position feel very stiff?

Does the lotus position feel very stiff?

What to do with hip pain is a good question; be proactive, or follow the example of the ostrich?

I am 63 years old. I have been physically active all my life. I ran track in college and continued running in road races and on my own up until the past year.

Over the past several months, I have felt strain in my inner hips after running/jogging and have stop running. I have specifically felt something like a short jabbing pain in my left hip from time to time usually when walking. Instead of running, I have been swimming over the past two years but have still felt my upper left hip from time to time.

Otherwise, I walk with energy, exercise with weights, swim, hit the punching bag without any problem and without hip pain. The only time I feel the jab in my hip is when I am walking. I mentioned it to my doctor and he responded that unless I feel pain for 10 minutes or more, I should not worry about it. That it will go away. I do not feel comfortable with that response.

I have taken glucosamine, chondrolin, etc., for decades. This is a new experience for me. I have always been strong and athletic. What do you suggest? I do not want this condition to get worse or end up with a limp or having to use a cane. I still want to remain active and not have to worry when I am going to be hit with a jab of pain in the hip to the point of disabling my walk. Thank you.

A stitch in time, saves nine, goes the old saying. Your gut feel that the doctor's response is not the right one is correct, especially as this has gone on for several months, and is now beginning to limit your activities; in short, is becoming disabling.

Hip arthritis is progressive, and will become worse if you do nothing.

Two steps to confirm what I'm thinking.

1. Lie on your back and pull your right knee to the chest, towards the opposite shoulder, try using both hands to rotate your hip inwards (the foot goes out), and then drop your knee into the lotus position. Remember exactly what you feel.

Now repeat with the naughty hip; is it significantly more stiff and do you get pain in the groin?

Remembering that you feel this strain in both hips, the arthritis may be in both joints, just worse on the left.

2. If any of the above is worrying, then get an x-ray of your pelvis, remember taken standing. Send it to me at contact, including the report.

Caught early, hip arthritis is a very treatable condition; advanced and in you're in for a hip replacement. Do you have a family history of ball and socket problems?

There are three conditions that provoke early hip arthritis; an impingement syndrome, dysplasia and a short leg. The standing x-ray will reveal all.

A bouillon made from chicken bones is probably more effective than chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine; cheaper nicer too! Use it to make a vegetable soup every week; a pressure cooker helps extract the cartilage.

Type chicken bones into the search function at Chiropractic Help.

Let me know.

Dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

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've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's 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's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

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.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

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. Xrays 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.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

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

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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