Hip impingement is a bizarre thing to experience. One moment your hip feels and works just fine, the next – seemingly after no particular exercise or movement at all, when you go to move, it locks. You quite literal can not unbend the hip / leg joint. It may remain stuck for only a few seconds, but it can be disturbing and even dangerous if it happens to take place on an uneven surface or god forbid, a staircase or at the gym while supporting weight.
As you stand the affected hip will not cooperate and unbend with you. It remains locked and you find yourself unable to move. Slow stretching and a little patience gradually allow movement again. The problem is, if it happened once, it is likely going to happen again at some point. Ignoring it will not make the problem go away. Impingements, when not raised, can actually become worse over time.
What is happening?
Hip impingement is a condition where there is abnormal contact between the ball and socket of the hip joint. The result is increased friction during hip movements that may damage the joint over time. One of the main recommendations of the medical community is surgery. Hip surgery is a major undertaking and the recovery process is long.
Can hip impingement exercises and chiropractic adjustments help avoid surgery?
Minor adjustments to posture and alignment can rebalance and reposition the joints relieving the friction and pain. Both specific exercises, as well as manual adjustments, have been shown to produce positive results. Tilting the pelvis forward resolved in more hip impingement, while tilting it backward resolved in a lessening.
Working with an experienced Chiropractor and physical therapist who have experience dealing with hip impingements can help to take steps to allow your body to be able to correct the biomechanical problems that could be the root cause of your hip problem. Once the movement is corrected, with the body back in working alignment function can be restored.
Even The American College of Rheumatology has recommended that manual therapy if added to exercise or rehabilitation, may further benefit hip or knee pain issues.
There is no reason to jump straight to surgery. It is not your only or in many cases best option. Give your body a little time and proper care and you just may be able to get it back in proper working alignment with Chiropractic treatments.