Hip and knee pain interfere with your mobility and cause imbalances that may lead to further injury. Dr. Diane Grace Rossello at Rossello Family Chiropractic in Bowie, Maryland, relieves your hip and knee pain and rehabilitates your joints so they can function normally again. If you live in Bowie, Maryland, or surrounding areas and need relief from hip or knee pain, call Dr. Rossello’s caring team, or book an appointment online.
Hip and Knee Pain Q & A
Why do my hips hurt?
The hips are ball-and-socket joints and are the largest joints in your body. A layer of cartilage protects the bony parts of the joint from rubbing together. However, aging, disease, and overuse of the hip joint can cause the cartilage to deteriorate, leading to painful friction between the ball and socket.
Hip pain may radiate to your groin, thigh, or buttocks. The converse is true, too; pain in other areas, such as the groin or back, can radiate to your hips (referred pain).
Some conditions that cause hip pain are:
- Arthritis — inflammation causes the breakdown of protective cartilage
- Fracture — older people are more at risk for hip fracture
- Tendinitis — inflammation of the tendons that attach the hip bones to surrounding muscle
- Strained muscles or tendons — from repeated actions that are often sports-related
- Hip labral tear — tear in the cartilage that rings the outside of the hip socket; usually caused by twisting motions in sports or other strenuous activities
- Dislocation — sudden movement or trauma causes the ball to dislocate from the socket
- Tumors — from bone cancer or cancer that has metastasized from other locations
- Osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis) — bone death owing to lack of
- blood flow
Why does my knee hurt?
The knee is a complex joint that is made up of the femur, tibia, and fibula bones that form the joint itself, and the kneecap, also known as the patella. The ligaments and cartilage that connect all of these moving parts are called the meniscus.
Knee pain can be caused by a direct injury to the knee, such as a blow or other trauma. Injuries to other parts of the leg, such as the foot or hip, may put pressure on the knee that triggers pain.
Some other common causes of knee pain include:
- Arthritis and gout
- Fracture or dislocation
- Patellar tendinitis — chronic condition from repetitive motions, such as running or cycling
- Sprained and torn cruciate ligaments (ACL) —from hard stops or twisting during sports
- Sprains, strains, and tendonitis
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Torn meniscus
- Lupus and other medical conditions.
How can chiropractors alleviate hip and knee pain?
If your hip or knee pain is the result of trauma or injury, Dr. Rossello may treat injured tissues with massage, cold laser, or ultrasound. Dr. Rossello also uses chiropractic manipulation to resolve subluxations that may have caused or resulted from your knee or hip pain.
Get walking again: To get relief from hip or knee pain, call Dr. Rossello’s friendly team at Rossello Family Chiropractic or just use the online form to make an appointment.