Fractures and Pelvic Misalignment
Hip pain can also be caused by stress or compression fractures of the femoral head or neck. This can be identified on X-ray. Elderly experiencing osteopenia (thinning of bone mass) are at a higher risk for hip fractures, as the hip joint absorbs significant forces even from simple, common movements such as stepping down stairs or a curb.
Lastly, hip pain can occur from mechanical problems in the lumbopelvic region. If the pelvis is not sitting leveled onto your femoral heads when standing; i.e. is tilted up, down, or angled to one side then this is likely to cause problems to develop.
As with all cases of musculoskeletal pain mentioned in this book, there are more possible causes besides those mentioned here. If you have insidious hip pain, it is best to get checked by your doctor to rule out things like bone cancer or other bone disease. Then, seek out a specialist like a chiropractor or someone who knows how to evaluate posture and understands the musculoskeletal system. Once the nature of the mechanical problem is identified, you can take measures to correct it.
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