Hip Pain

Hip pain is the fourth most common type of joint problem in the U.S., with more than five percent of U.S. adults reporting regular discomfort.

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If you are experiencing hip pain, especially if it is limiting your activity, preventing adequate sleep, or hurting your health, call Adena Bone and Joint today at 740-779-4598 or request an appointment online.

The hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body. Hip problems can severely impact mobility and quality of life. Aging can cause the cartilage in the hip to wear down, leaving little cushion between the bones of the joint and causing pain. Overuse or injuries can damage the muscles and tendons in and around the joint, or injuries can cause fractures. 

Common causes of hip pain include arthritis, bone fracture, bursitis, tendinitis, muscle strain, tumors, or osteonecrosis, which is the restriction of blood flow to the joint resulting in bone tissue death.

Hip pain is more common in older people, with 5 percent of all Americans experiencing hip pain at some point in their lives. Those 65 and older are most at risk for hip fractures, with nearly 95 percent of hip fractures occurring due to a fall. A quarter of a million hospitalizations are due to hip pain or fractures each year.

Hip Pain Risk Factors

Hip pain can occur from injury, overuse, or medical conditions that affect joint health. Common risk factors include:

  • Repetitive motion from exercise, hobbies, or work
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Falls

Conditions that may cause knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Sciatica

Hip Pain Symptoms

Hip pain can take different forms depending on the cause and severity. Symptoms include:

  • Acute pain
  • Discomfort in the thighs, groin, or buttocks
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Pain during and after activity

Hip Pain Diagnosis and Treatment

Treatment of hip pain depends upon identification of the specific cause. Acute injuries such as fractures may require reparative surgery. In extreme cases, hip replacement surgeries may bring relief to chronic and severe hip pain due to arthritis or irreparable joint damage. Treatment of underlying conditions may also alleviate symptoms. In addition, ice, heat, chiropractic treatment, and over-the-counter or prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medication can ease hip pain.

 

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