estimated 85 percent of people between the ages of 55 and
64 suffer from osteoarthritis - a debilitating condition that
causes extreme joint pain and stiffness in the knees, hip,
hands and spine. But osteoarthritis of the hip can be especially
debilitating, since pain around the hip joint can radiate
to the groin and thigh and impede walking and other movement.
In a recent small pilot study, researchers assessed the effectiveness
of chiropractic manipulation in patients with hip osteoarthritis.
Eight patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis or suffering
from hip pain were assigned to a chiropractic group or a sham
treatment group. Patients in the chiropractic group were assessed
for limitation in hip range of motion and joint play restriction,
and received chiropractic manipulation six times over a three-week
period. Patients in the sham group did not receive any hands-on
assessment, but were treated with a device modified to deliver
a series of "thrusts" without any real force.
While the sham group reported some positive benefits, the
study showed that at least six chiropractic treatments over
a three-week period could benefit patients suffering from
hip osteoarthritis. Researchers noted, however, that additional
research on such treatment for the condition is still warranted.
This study adds to the growing body of evidence that affirms
the benefits of chiropractic in treating more than just back
and neck pain. If you suffer from osteoarthritis or any other
debilitating condition, pain relief may be as close as your
doctor of chiropractic.
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Brantingham JW, Williams AM, Parkin-Smith GF, et al. A controlled,
prospective pilot study of the possible effects of chiropractic
manipulation in the treatment of osteo-arthritis of the hip.
European Journal of Chiropractic 2003;51(3):149-166.