Pain in the buttocks (or Gluteal pain) is often referred to as pain in the hips. However, hip pain is more appropriately reserved
for pain along the side of your upper thigh where the leg actually attaches to the pelvis. Hip pain may be due to osteoarthritis,
a worn hip socket, pulled muscles or foot problems. If you are suffering from hip pain, Dr. Talmadge can determine if it is
a chiropractic related problem and if not, refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary.
On the other hand,
Gluteal pain is often caused by a misaligned sacroiliac joint (area in red above). This is the joint between your tailbone (Sacrum) and
your pelvic bones. This joint carries all your weight and transfers that weight from the torso to the legs via the pelvis.
When this joint is in trouble, it can be very debilitating; locking itself with swelling and spasms to protect the joint from further
damage. It often causes a stretching or pulling effect on some of the branches of the Sciatic nerve as it exits the openings
in the top of the Sacrum. When this occurs, pain often radiates into the thigh, leg and/or foot. It takes special care
and treatment to release the locked joint and restore normal function.
Dr. Talmadge is experienced in treating sacroiliac problems
and will be able to determine if your condition is caused by a spinal misalignment.
HIP or BUTTOCK PAIN
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