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By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor

Like the body's other joints, the hip joint is a point at which tendons, muscles and bones come together to allow particular movement. And as with the other joints, the hip joints are susceptible to pain and discomfort.

The hip joints bear a significant portion of your weight. Injury or disease can cause pain in your hips. Your hips also can suffer from stress brought on by improper alignment of other parts of the body. A biochemical problem with the feet like over- or under-pronation -- meaning, respectively, a foot rolls too much to the inside or outside when walking -- can affect the hips. Hip problems can also be brought on by misalignments in the ankles or knees. And some hip pain may not actually originate in the hip. For instance, if a nerve is pinched between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, pain may erupt in the hip. This is called "referred pain."

A chiropractor can employ a variety of techniques to pinpoint the cause or causes of hip pain, and treat it. X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology are among the tools that can be used to aid in the diagnosis and help develop a treatment plan.

Please contact our office if you would like further evaluation on your condition.

Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 299 Franklin Ave, Nutley NJ 07110, 973-235-9393.