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Your hip arthritis and lower back pain could be linked

Arthritis in Hip and Lower Back

If you’re living with hip arthritis in El Paso, Texas, you may also be experiencing lower back pain. Having both of these issues together is actually pretty common according to one research article. This article reports that up to 49% of patients in hip arthritis studies also had lower back pain. For El Paso patients, there are three basic reasons that you may be dealing with both arthritis in the hip and lower back pain.

1.   Hip arthritis increases pelvic tilt

Hip arthritis typically happens because the cartilage of the hip joint has become worn out. This causes the bones in the hip joint to rub together, and this is the reason that you have hip pain and other symptoms. However, the bones rubbing together can also cause their shape to change, and this can lead to a deformed hip joint. In turn, hip joint deformation can cause the pelvis to tilt forward more than normal. 

2.   The pelvis is connected to the lower back

The increased forward tilt of your pelvic can be a problem for your lower back because the pelvis connects the lower spine and the hip joints. The way it works is your lower back is connected to your pelvis by a pair of inflexible joints called the sacroiliac joints. The pelvis is affected by the hip joints because the socket of the hip joint is actually part of the pelvis. This means that when a deformed arthritic hip joint tilts the pelvis forward, it’s also placing additional pressure on your lower back. 

3.   The hip joint-pelvis-lower back connection can cause lower back pain

So, let’s review for a second. Deformed hip joints can cause your pelvis to tilt forward more than normal, and this can place extra pressure on the lower spine because the pelvis is also connected to the lower spine. The extra pressure can cause several issues that can result in lower back pain, such as: 

  • Tight muscles 
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging discs
  • Facet joint arthritis

Border Therapy Services can help you treat arthritis in the hip and lower back pain

At Border Therapy Services, we’ve helped many patients treat hip arthritis, lower back pain and both together. Our ability to target these issues effectively is based on the creation of a personalized therapy plan for each patient. These plans are designed using multiple therapy techniques, such as manual therapy and functional dry needling. 

Find out more about how we can help you. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment.