Much the way pain in the shoulders can sometimes accompany a neck problem, pain around the bony areas of the pelvis is just as common. Doctors explain it this way: the nerve supply to the muscles comes from the low back and painful lumbar restrictions can sensitize these nerves and the muscles they serve. This is an area where osteopathic doctors specialize.

Here is why it might be a good idea to speak with an osteopathic doctor.

Osteopathic Beliefs

If the pain you are experiencing is located in the hip, an osteopathic doctor might be worth speaking with. Osteopathic medicine zeros in on the musculoskeletal system because it is their belief that diseases are related to problems within the nerves, muscles and bones.

Be Your Advocate

Getting the best possible care means taking an advocacy role in knowing what that care looks like. Osteopathy treatment detects health problems by manipulating muscles and joints. The overall belief is that this sort of treatment allows the body to heal itself. Some general reasons to consider an osteopath including neck and back pain, shoulder, wrists and knee joint pain, digestive disorders, migraines, sinus problems, depression and fatigue, and even chest complaints.

Older Patients

Osteopaths put an importance on reducing muscular tension to improve movement in the joints of the hip. A wide range of gentle manipulations can be used depending on age. Some Osteopaths gently manipulate the hip. As a rule, patients are told that treatment is different in each individual and oftentimes the hip gets treatment but it might also involve treating other areas in the back and shoulders.

Your Visit

A visit to an osteopathic doctor is much like a visit to your family doctor. You will be asked questions about your medical history, physical condition, and lifestyle. However, the physical exam of your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons will be more intensive than with your family doctor. During the physical, the doctor will look at your posture, spine, and balance; check your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and may use his hands to manipulate your back, legs, or arms. He may also measure changes in your skin temperature and sweat gland activity. If needed, they will order x-rays and laboratory tests. When the results are in, a diagnosis will be made and a treatment plan set up.

Remember to check with your doctor before taking any treatment or medical remedy.