Hip Pain

Your hips play a key role in a wide range of everyday movements, from walking and running to sitting and bending. The importance of your hips for performing these common motions can become even clearer if your hips start to hurt or ache due to injury or persistent pain. Your chiropractor can help diagnose the underlying condition responsible for your hip pain and create an effective treatment plan. Below are some common hip conditions that chiropractic treatment can help with.

Dr Zuback performing chiropractic stretch on client


Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of difficulties with mobility and disability in older people. It is also common in younger and middle-aged people. Approximately 5% of people between 35 and 54 years of age have osteoarthritis. Many of these people have injured their joints earlier in life. Approximately 30% of the population between 50 and 70 years of age have problems related to osteoarthritis and the percentage increases in older age groups. In the past, osteoarthritis was often described as ‘wear and tear’ of the joint. This statement is misleading, as cartilage actually needs ongoing movement to stay healthy.

Older woman holding hip

FAI & Labrum Injuries

Hip impingement is a condition in which extra bone grows along one or both of the bones that form the hip joint — giving the bones an irregular shape. This extra bone causes abnormal contact between the hip bones, and prevents them from moving smoothly during activity. A tear to the labrum can cause pain in the front of the hip, in the groin or side of the hip. The pain usually worsens with walking, pivoting or impact activities such as running. The pain also occurs at night and can be associated with clicking, catching or locking.

Dr Zuback performing chiropractic hip stretch on client

Adductor, Hamstring & Quad Strains, & Tendinopathies

A muscle strain can be caused by a trauma or accident, muscle overuse or due to dysfunctional movement. Strains can be either acute or chronic, and typically happen as a result of the muscle or tendon being stretched or torn. Strains are not restricted to athletes as anyone can be susceptible to a strain. Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the mechanism of injury, or if it is an acute strain versus a chronic strain. However, common symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, bruising, muscle spasms and limited range of motion.

Dr Zuback performing chiropractic adductor stretch on client


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Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome & Bursitis

Lateral hip pain previously used to be referred to as trochanteric bursitis but this has been replaced by Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS). GTPS is a clinical diagnosis of lateral hip pain and includes trochanteric bursitis associated with a tendinopathy, gluteus medius and minimus tendinopathy and snapping hip syndrome. Iliotibial band (ITB) abnormalities are also a possible cause of GTP. Previously, trochanteric bursitis was seen as the main pain source, but recent research indicates that the fluid within the bursa rather exists due to the gluteal tendinopathy and not because of primary inflammation in the bursa.

Dr Zuback performing chiropractic trochanteric stretch on client

Pregnancy Related Pelvic & Back Pain

Low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy is quite common. In fact, between 50-75% of all pregnant women will experience low back pain. The pain is usually caused by rapid changes in weight, posture, gait and hormones. This causes your centre of gravity to move forward, causing the pelvis to tilt and the lower back to sway – placing added stress on ligaments, discs and joints of the spine/pelvis. Symptoms often begin at the base of the spine and may radiate into the buttock or thigh.

Pregnant woman holding lower back and hip in pain

Have Questions? Here's what you can expect from your first visit

Dr Zuback may be treating your back, neck, headache, or other area of pain, but first she needs a complete picture of your health history and current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you. On your first visit she will take the time to hear about the details of your pain and use a comprehensive exam to help determine the cause of your pain/injury.

Following the first visit, you will receive a comprehensive report of findings, where your questions will be answered and your pain/injury better understood. Dr. Zuback will go over her recommendations of care based on the evidence, her clinical experience and your preferences and goals.

If a condition should be treated by another health care professional, Dr. Zuback will make a referral. Click "learn more" to get a better understanding of what you should expect during your first chiropractic visit.