Hips and knees Joint pain can be very painful and can affect your life especially when you are treating both simultaneously, it may get worse and you will start thinking there’s no solution to your problem except the common painkillers over the counter.
Whether you suffer from chronic pain, knee pain or both, physical therapy and massage therapy can help you get to the root of your problem safely and comfortably without the need for harmful medications or surgery.
What Is The Connection Between Knee and Hip Pain
This pain can happen separately or together, it is not really necessary for it to occur at the same. However, just like the old saying; the knee bone is connected to the hip bone, and what happens to one affects the other. Your knee and hip are part of the same kinetic chain, meaning they are a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together for the body and posture to work together in harmony.
Pain in the knee or hip can arise from the joints themselves, it can also occur as a result of underlying disease in some parts of the body. The knee is a hinge joint that can only move forward and backward, it carries more weight than the hip, even six times the body weight while you squat.
The hip is a ball and socket joint that supports the weight of the upper limbs and relies on various muscles and tissues to keep it flexible and stable so that it can function properly. Proper movement of the hip and knee allows a form of complex movement and gives firm support to the body while standing, walking, running, and dancing without falling.
Therefore a problem in the hip joint can transmit abnormal forces to the knee joint and vice versa. When one part of the kinetic chain becomes unbalanced, it can cause fatigue and damage to the other.
Common Causes of Hip and Knee Pain
- Both Joints often suffer from the same diseases, ailments, and Injuries. Overuse injuries such as tendonitis and chronic muscle fatigue often occur in both the hip and knee joints because both Joints are always under stress, they are also prone to injuries such as sprain, strain, and dislocation.
- Sometimes pinched nerves can result in pain around the hip and knee joints because nerves travel through both areas. Posture and gait imbalances can lead to abnormal stress and premature wear and tears on the knee and hip, this can lead to painful symptoms or arthritis.
- Some painful conditions may be specific to one or the other Joint. Cartilage injuries known as labral tears are specific to chronic pain, while inflammation of the bursa known as bursitis is specific to the knee and can be painful.
- Injuries as a result of hip instabilities can also occur and can be painful. Tight hip flexor and weak glutes can cause the hip to rotate inward without any noticeable evidence, this can lead to a painful sensation such as iliotibial band friction syndrome or patellofemoral stress syndrome due to tension on the knee or patella.
Always note that the best way to find out the real reason for your knee and hip joint pain is to see a licensed physical therapist. A physical therapist can help reduce knee and hip pain significantly and save you from potentially hazardous medications or undergoing surgical corrections.
It is good to do something about your knee and hip joint pain today and stop the habits of regular hazardous medication intake which can also lead to other forms of medical complications.