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The hip joint is a ball and socket joint bound by ligaments. The top of the femur (thigh bone) has a rounded ball that fits into a concave opening on the side of the ilium (pelvic bone). The movement is directed and controlled by a combination of large and medium sized muscles that allow for motion in all planes of movement

Indications that there may be a problem with this joint include:

Pain at the hip joint
Decreased range of motion in any direction
Tenderness to firm pressure on the widest part of the femur bone
Difficulty with movement after sitting for a while
Clicking or popping around the joint with movement

Common causes for hip problems:

Misalignments with the foot, knee and/or pelvis
Any degenerative condition i.e. arthritis, osteoporosis
Overuse syndromes: running, excess training, dance
Improper footwear
Women tend to have more problems with their hips due to the structural nature of their hips. Usually, the female pelvis is wider than the male pelvis. This pre-disposes them to potentially have greater torsion in their feet, knees and hips with their gait.
Obesity (this can be mechanical and metabolic)
Possible reproductive problem may reflex into the groin or inner thigh area

We use the following criteria to diagnose hip dysfunction:

Postural analysis
Gait analysis
Applied Kinesiology muscle testing
Diet survey: certain habits and foods can promote inflammation
Review of occupational and daily life style
Hormonal influences
If applicable: training and exercise habits

The following therapies are utilized to correct hip dysfunctions:

Adjustments of foot, ankle, knee, hip, and pelvis
Muscle work: Trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle re-balancing
Home care exercise regimen-strengthening and stretching
Change in exercise habits and equipment if necessary
Use of supplementation to reduce inflammation and restore healthy tissue