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Is Your Back Pain Stemming From Your Spine, or Your Hips?

Jaclyn Hughes

Millions of people are in the midst of a daily battle trying to ward off back pain without having to succumb to surgical procedures. It’s a vicious cycle having to live with chronic back pain, as many patients end up being administered narcotic pain medications, possibly getting addicted to them, and still never truly finding the source of their spinal issue. What’s even more interesting is when you come across the right doctor that is willing to do some diligence seeking out answers as to where the pain stems from, many patients are shocked to find out that the pain they’ve had all along was from their hips, and not their back at all.

A recent post on the Palm Beach Post written by Dr. Charles Theofilos, depicts this very topic. He advises that all too often patients presume they had back pain even when it is hip pain, just due to the close proximity the hips and back are located in. Hip pain can be very normal, and be caused by wear and tear over years of using the body. Often hip pain derives from the (hip) joint location being extremely close to the spine. It’s very easy to confuse the two and presume the pain is regular, everyday back pain that is so commonly diagnosed.

Getting an MRI would be the first step to properly identifying where your pain is stemming from. Some treatments that can help get you back to living pain free without having surgery are physical therapy services, injections into the site where the pain is, pain medications, cryotherapy, and so forth. Chiropractic services are also extremely popular in 2017, as providing the patients with a method of controlling their pain without getting costly medications, has grown substantially over the past few years. Acupuncture, and other holistic methods are also on the rise as the world is leaning more towards an organic lifestyle approach.

Check with your doctor if you’ve been experiencing back pain and you think it could be hip pain. With a few quick tests and imaging, you could quickly be on your way to putting together a treatment plan that can get you back to living with a better range of motion.

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