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Brian Hess, DC
Hess Chiropractic Center
(540) 825-6445
201 Southgate Shopping Center
Culpeper, VA 22701 United States
Hip Replacement Surgery Can Be Prevented
Ron is a 57 year old male who reported pain starting in the left hip about five years ago. The pain came on gradually with periodic sharp sensations experienced mostly at night while in bed. The pain has gotten worse over the years and is now severe. A scan revealed advanced osteoarthritis of the left hip joint. He is interested in prevention of hip replacement.

Examination revealed stiffness, tightness of the hip joint, and hardening of the surrounding hip muscles. The hip joint also felt colder to the touch than the other hip joint indicating restriction of circulation through the affected tissue.

Treatment was started with reported easing of pain within the first week. By the second week there was much improvement in energy and the hip pain felt sharper and more intense. Starting with week three, the hip pain began to resolve and continued to get better each week until the pain was completely gone. There is now much more flexibility in both hip joints and the patient is extremely happy to (1) get rid of the pain; and (2) avoid hip replacement surgery in the future.

Conclusion: The patient progressed from severe left hip osteoarthritis, hip pain and hip tightness to full resolution of symptoms. He has also experienced more circulation through both hips thus preventing possible pathology in the other hip and prevention of hip replacement as the arthritis progressed.
Severe Hip Pain and Digestive Problems Can Be Eliminated
John is a 55 year old very active male. His hobbies are surfing, dancing and he dearly loves the outdoor Florida lifestyle. He came to me complaining of bilateral hip pain, which started about five years previous. He has tried a lot of different therapies without very much success and was very concerned he would have to give up dancing because of restricted mobility and pain. He was very much interested in the prevention of hip replacement in future years.

During the consultation he also reported having low energy, felt stiff all over and had a history of acid reflux, stomach ulcers and periodic stomach pain. Upon examination it was discovered that he had severe bilateral hip tightness with noticeable limitation of mobility and his hips felt cold to the touch with hardening of the hips and surrounding muscle tissue.

I told him his prognosis was very good if he followed our treatment plan. He expressed interest in getting started right away and so began his treatment. At his follow up consultation two weeks later, he reported an immediate increase in energy upon starting the therapy.

He was given herbal treatment. The first week into the treatment his hips felt a little more painful, especially at night. By the second week the hip pain had subsided and he felt that he was moving better. He was told to continue his treatment protocol and return two weeks later. At week three his Tango instructor commented on his improved flexibility.

John has continued to improve and at his recent visit reports that the pain in his hips is gone and he can now do a 180 degree contra-body twist in his dance class. He also had much more energy and his digestive symptoms have all been resolved. He sleeps better now than he has for many years.
Treat Hip Osteoarthritis and Piriformis Syndrome
Rob is in his mid seventies and has severe restriction of mobility through both hip joints. He reports bilateral hip pain with radiation down the lateral thighs to the knee, the right side being most affected. He reports left side hip replacement five years ago due to severe osteoarthritis in the joint. Unfortunately, he continues to experience pain even after the operation. The osteoarthritis in the right hip has continued to progress and the hip is now extremely painful.

Upon examination there is severe hip tightness with hardening of the muscle and connective tissue surrounding the hip joint involving the piriformis muscles bilaterally creating Piriformis Syndrome. Rob is very concerned about the pain and the progression of osteoarthritis on the right side and wants to prevent another hip replacement.

Therapy was started and he noticed easing of symptoms within the first week. His left side (with the hip replacement) is responding especially well with much more mobility and much less pain. Two weeks into therapy, he is able to walk much easier with significantly less pain and stiffness.

Conclusion: Rob is now just starting the third week of treatment and is progressing very well. He is expected to continue to progress in the following weeks and his overall prognosis is excellent with continued therapy.
Bussiness Hours: Tue+Wed+Thur (9-6) + Sat (9-3)
Phone Consulting: Yes
Fees Schedule: $95 (first visit) and $50 afterwards (sometimes by arrangement)