When we use the term “hip joint,” most people are actually referring to more than one joint. The true hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint where the head (ball) of the thigh bone (femur) meets the acetabulum (socket) of the hip. Another is the sacroiliac joint, formed where the sacrum meets the ilium. Dr. Gonstead was one of the first people to recognize the sacroiliac joints as movable joints.
All of these joints are part of the pelvic structure and therefore biomechanically influence one another. The true hip joint can commonly be affected by wear and tear arthritis (degenerative arthritis) which is characterized by a wearing away of the cartilage in the joint.
As the protective cartilage is worn away, bare bone is exposed within the joint leading to stiffness, pain and sometimes hip replacement surgery. The sacroiliac joints are also prone to arthritis as well as subluxation, and are a common cause of low back pain.
Gonstead doctors pay close attention to sacroiliac alignment, hip range of motion and leg lengths to ensure a level and structurally sound foundation. Maintaining movement and a maximum range of motion in these joints is essential in preventing degenerative changes. Pelvic alignment is also of major importance for expectant mothers.
Studies have shown that properly aligned sacroiliac joints, hip and spine will ensure a more comfortable pregnancy, a safer and easier delivery and post-partum recovery. Gonstead doctors are experts in identifying and correcting mechanical disturbance in the hip joints which lead to pain and malfunction.
What Gonstead Chiropractic patients are saying about hip pain:
“I would wake up often throughout the night because of the pain in my hip. Now I sleep through the whole night and can stand for long periods and even exercise without pain. It’s sooo good to have a good night’s sleep!”> Gloria P.
“I had lots of hip and back pain. Now it’s gone most of the time. I don’t know what I would have done without Gonstead chiropractic. I didn’t want more surgery.”> Rosemary D.
“My medical doctor tried to convince me that I needed a hip replacement. I was walking with a cane. After the second treatment I didn’t need the cane anymore.”> Betty D.
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by Dr. Matt French, DC, Gonstead Chiropractor, Holistic Health Solutions, Phoenix, AZ