The hip pain is a fairly common reason for consultation in a study of Osteopathy.
The hip, like all large joints, is often affected by mechanical malfunctions that impair its function.
However, the pain and degenerative frameworks related to the hip (osteoarthritis, sclerosis of the acetabular roofs, etc.) do not often depend on intrinsic problems of the articulation but on a situation that is unfavourable to the setting to which it must adapt.
It is difficult to generalize, because each patient must be individually examined, but usually in these cases an impairment of the mechanics of the pelvis or sacrum is always present.
As an example I remember the case of a patient aged 63 suffering from persistent pain in his right hip for several months; radiographic examination showed modest osteoarthritis, but given the intensity of the pain, she had been advised to use very invasive therapies.
After osteopathic examination she showed a high level cranial compression with a significant restriction to the right level of the zygomatic arch,she also had a dysfunction at the level of the vesico - pubic ligaments that forced a slight prolapse of the bladder.
In the presence of such restrictions the mechanics of the pelvic was fatally compromised: it was present in a dynamic torsion of the sacrum with an important iliac compensation.
In this case the hip function is altered and, in the course of time, the joint can degenerate.
In order to put an effective and lasting remedy it is perfectly useless to intervene with specific therapies for the hip and it is particularly necessary to rebalance the functionality of the entire musculoskeletal system from the main lesion outbreaks.
In the case of the patient described above, it was necessary to rebalance the zygomatic-temporal dysfunction but especially the bladder that through the local bands, has close connections with the hip joint.
Once he patient had been treated she immediately reported a feeling of lightness and joint smoothness that has been maintained in the following days. After ten days she fully recovered.
This is not to deny the utility in the absolute sense of local therapy: when the joint reaches a stage of degeneration that will affect the function it is sometimes necessary to intervene with targeted treatments.
However, it is important to remember that problems of this nature have always been fundamental to a comprehensive mechanical imbalance.
This imbalance is at first expressed with simple pain over time, if not corrected, it could result in irreparable organ damage.
So in such cases an intervention osteopathic has a great utility not only to find immediate relief but also and above all to avoid that the joint may undergo degenerative problems.