Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Hip pain can be caused by a wide variety of problems. The precise location of the pain you are feeling in your hip can provide valuable clues about what the underlying cause is.

 

If the problem is within the hip joint itself, you will usually feel pain on the inside of your hip or your groin.

 

Problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint usually result in hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock.

Hip pain can also be caused by referred pain .

because of diseases or conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back.

 

When to see a doctor

You may not need to see a doctor if your hip pain is minor. Try these self-care tips:

  •  Avoid repeated bending at the hip and direct pressure on the hip. Try not to sleep on the affected side and avoid prolonged sitting.

  • Pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help ease your hip pain.

  • Ice or heat. Use ice cubes or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel to apply cold treatments to your hip. Conversely, a warm bath or shower may help prepare your muscles for stretching exercises that can reduce pain.

If self-care treatments don't help, make an appointment with Corrective Care.

 

If you were injured and you have hip pain, you should visit urgent care or the emergency room immediately. Don’t drive yourself – ask someone else to drive you or call a taxi. Here are some symptoms that may occur from an injury.

  • The hip joint appears deformed

  • An inability to move your leg or hip

  • Unable to bear weight on the affected leg

  • Intense pain

  • Signs of infection, such as fever, chills, redness of the area

 

Causes of Hip Pain

Hip pain may be caused by arthritis, injuries or other problems.

 

Arthritis

 

Injuries

 

Pinched nerves

 

Cancer

  • Advanced (metastatic) cancer that has spread to the bones

  • Bone cancer

  • Leukemia

 

Other problems

 

Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older, though it may occur in younger people, too. Osteoarthritis is relatively common in older people, so it is sometimes called "wear-and-tear" arthritis.

 

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, but it most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip, knee or ankle.

 

Osteoarthritis usually worsens over time, so the sooner you begin treatment, the less of an impact it will have on your life. There is no cure for osteoarthritis. However, there are treatment options that will help you minimize pain and remain active.

 

Causes of Osteoarthritis of the Hip

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the hip joint gradually wears. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective joint space between the bones decreases, which can result in bone rubbing on bone. To compensate for the lost cartilage, the damaged bones may start to grow outward and form bone spurs (osteophytes). Osteoarthritis develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time.

 

Here are factors that may make you more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the hip:

  • Aging

  • Family history of osteoarthritis

  • Previous injury to the hip joint

  • Obesity

  • Improper formation of the hip joint at birth, a condition known as developmental dysplasia of the hip

 

Even if you do not have any of the risk factors listed above, you can still develop osteoarthritis of the hip

 

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Hip

The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip are pain and stiffness in the hip joint. For example, it is difficult to perform everyday activities like bending over, such as to tie a shoe, or to get out of a chair, or taking a walk. The pain usually develops slowly and gets worse over time, although sudden onset does sometimes happen.

 

People will osteoarthritis sometimes report that pain and stiffness are worse in the morning, or after sitting or resting for a while. Over time, painful symptoms may occur more frequently, including during rest or at night.

 

Additional symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip:

  • Pain in your groin or thigh that radiates to your buttocks or your knee

  • Pain that flares up with vigorous activity

  • Stiffness in the hip joint that makes it difficult to walk or bend

  • "Locking" or "sticking" of the joint, and a grinding noise (crepitus) during movement. This is caused by loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue interfering with the smooth motion of the hip

  • Decreased range of motion in the hip. This can affect your ability to walk or cause you to limp

  • Increased joint pain with rainy weather

 

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