Problems with the low back can often appear as “referred pain” in the hip. It is therefore important to rule out other factors, such as Arthritis or strains, when diagnosing hip pain.
Hip arthritis can be caused by a variety of factors but one of the earliest developments is weakness of the buttock, the bulk of which is made up of the Gluteus Maximus muscle. Gluteus Maximus muscle weakness is considered to be a major contributory factor in the onset of hip arthritis. It often arises from mechanical problems in the low
back, hip and pelvis. If muscles that support the hip become weak or imbalanced there are alterations in hip movement that can accelerate damage and the osteoarthritis worsens. Simple tests will be undertaken by your chiropractor to determine whether you have gluteus maximus muscle weakness.
Hip arthritis test
The commonest test for hip arthritis is the Fabere test. You can do this at home to test your own hips. Lying on your back with one leg out straight, place the toes of the other leg behind the straightened knee. You should then be able to extend the bent knee outwards to make the figure “4”. Repeat this on the other side. Both hips should move outward to the same degree and there should be no pain. If there is any pain, if you can’t push the knees out far or if one or both hips feel restricted call us for an appointment to check it out for you.