Hip pain involves any type of pain that occurs in the hip area, commonly in the joints.
The joint that attaches the body’s torso and the leg is the hip joint. The hip joint is composed of the femur and the acetabulum. The acetabulum is a socket where the femur is being attached. It is composed of pelvic bones. Hippain usually occurs in the joints. However, the surrounding structures of the hip may also cause the pain.
Trauma to the hip is commonly the cause of pain in the hips. However, many factors may also cause the pain which includes inflammation in the hip area. This may occur along with redness, warmth, and swelling.The pain may radiate to the middle thigh or groin. This may cause false diagnosis of the pain’s exact location.
Symptoms that may occur with Hip Pain
The patient may feel the pain in the hips together with other symptoms. This may occur depending on the condition, disorder, disease, or underlying injury. A symptom that occurs together pain in the hips may include back pain. This may be a result of spine injury. The pain in the spine may sometimes tend to radiate to the hips. The patient may also experience difficulty in walking, shuffling, or limping because of the discomfort being brought by the pain. Tenderness, pain, or burning sensation may as well be felt in the legs, groin, buttocks, thighs, and back. Furthermore, because of the pain felt in the hips, the patient may have difficulty moving the affected part, limiting the hip’s range of motion.
In some cases, the symptoms accompanied by hip pain may be a sign of medical emergency. An example of which is if one of the patient’s leg is shorter than the other leg. This indicates that a fracture has occurred at the shorter leg. Another sign of hip fracture that may cause pain in the hip area is if there is an outward rotation of the leg or foot. Hip deformities are also a sign of severe hip problems. Other severe symptoms accompanied by pain in the hip area also include: general weakness and the inability to walk.
Causes of Hip Pain
Pain in the hip area usually arises from the surrounding structures of the hip and within the joint of the hip. Pain in the hip joint is commonly because the amount of lubricant to allow movement of the femoral head in the acetabulum is depleting. Diseases and injuries that cause inflammation in the hip area may cause the space to be filled with blood or fluid. This stretches the capsule of the hip joint, resulting to pain.
Falls is one of the most common causes of pain in the hip area. Falls causes such as trauma to the hips that may cause it to break. Elderly people are at high risk of having a hip fracture. Aging causes a person to lose balance making them at risk for falls. Deterioration of the bones and osteoporosis causes the bones to become fragile making them prone to fractures.
Hip pain may also be the result of disorders in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the hip area. Routine activities involving strenuous activities cause the cartilages in the joints to wear and tear. This leads the structures to become inflamed, causing arthritis. Arthritis usually affects people aged 50 and above. The types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, gout (See: Gout Symptoms), and osteoarthritis. Pain in the hip area may be one of the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that affects the tendons, muscles, ligaments. The stiffness and pain caused by the disease causes a major discomfort in the body. The disease may be accompanied by muscle spasm, sleeping disorders, and fatigue.
The pain in the hips may not occur in the hip area. The problem may be within its adjacent or surrounding structures.A hernia is a disorder wherein a protrusion of an organ occurs in the weak muscle area of the abdominal wall. This causes pain that may radiate to the hip area. Another cause of referred pain to the hip area is the inflammation of the nerve roots coming from the spinal cord or the sciatic nerve. This condition is called sciatica.
Hip Pain Management
Hip Pain management involves thoroughly understanding the symptoms. The treatment may involve treating the underlying cause of the pain or treating the pain itself. It may also involve the severity of the condition. It is important to seek a physician before embarking on any treatment regime. However, if a diagnosis of the disease is not yet available, the goal of treatment is to treat or minimize the pain. An important part of the treatment of pain is rest. This is to allow the joint to rest and the inflammation to decrease. Hot and cold compress may also aid in decreasing inflammation. It is also best to consult physical therapists to come up with an exercise program beneficial for the hip joints. Pain medications may also aid in managing the pain.