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What are the Symptoms of Hip Pain?

Hip pain can manifest in various ways, each indicating potential underlying issues. As hip pain can potentially lead to health complications in the future that may affect other parts of your body, early diagnosis and hip pain treatment are crucial

If you are experiencing persistent hip pain, it is important to consult Our Doctors to have an accurate diagnosis and treatment pla

5 Common Causes of Hip Pain

The hip joint is integral to our ability to move, walk, run, climb, and engage in various physical activities. It facilitates a wide range of motions, from basic tasks like standing up to more complex actions like dancing or participating in sports.

The hip joint's design, with its ball-and-socket structure, provides a balance between mobility and stability. This stability is crucial for maintaining balance, preventing falls, and avoiding potential injuries. A well-functioning hip joint supports our body's weight distribution, preventing undue stress on other joints and reducing the risk of conditions like back pain.

Bursitis occurs when small fluid-filled sacs, known as the bursae, that cushion and reduce friction between bones, tendons, and muscles, become inflamed. An example of this condition is trochanteric bursitis, a type affecting the outer hip, which can result from activities like running or stair climbing.

Tendonitis is another common cause of hip pain. It happens when the tendons, which connect muscles to bones, become inflamed or irritated due to overuse or repetitive motions. In the case of hip pain, iliotibial (IT) band tendonitis is one example. This often affects runners and cyclists due to the continuous motion of the hips during these activities.

Arthritis, also known as the "wear and tear" of joints, can affect the hip joint's comfort. Osteoarthritis, prevalent in older adults, leads to cartilage deterioration and joint inflammation. Adding on, the hip can also be affected by rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Hip fractures, particularly common among seniors, can have life-altering consequences. A fascinating aspect is that the hip is one of the strongest bones in the body, yet it becomes vulnerable due to factors like osteoporosis. It causes sudden, severe pain and can be a medical emergency.

Hip impingement can be caused by a variety of reasons and can come in three different forms. The first is known as Femoral Impingement, where the femur's spherical head has an irregular contour. During certain movements, this non-uniformity causes the femoral head to bump against the acetabulum's rim, leading to friction and discomfort. The second is Pincer impingement, where the acetabulum extends farther than usual and collides with the femur. Finally, the last is combined impingement where a person is affected by both aforementioned conditions above.

How Can the Source of Your Hip Pain Be Diagnosed?

In diagnosing your hip pain, medical practitioners may use a variety of methods and medical devices to get to the root of your condition.

  • Examining your medical history.
  • Conducting a physical examination.
  • Analysing your gait.
  • Conducting imaging studies.
  • Conducting blood tests.
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Why Is the Health of Your Hip Important for Hip Pain?

Preserving Long-Term Well-Being

A healthy hip joint contributes to a higher quality of life by enabling us to engage in enjoyable and necessary activities without discomfort or restrictions. Furthermore, as we age, the wear and tear on the hip joint becomes more pronounced. Therefore prioritising hip health can help us age gracefully.

Be Cautious with High-Impact Activities

High-impact activities such as running and jumping can exert strain on your hip joints. We suggest opting for low-impact activities such as swimming and cycling, which can keep you active while avoiding placing too much stress on your hips.

Wear Supportive Shoes

Footwear matters when it comes to maintaining hip health. In addition to style, you should also pay attention to comfort too. Properly fitted shoes with ample cushioning can help distribute weight across your body evenly and not place undue pressure on your hips and joints.

Protect Your Hips from Falls

Taking preventive measures to avoid falls is pivotal. Keep your living spaces well-lit and free from hazards, install handrails on stairs, and consider using assistive devices if needed. Strengthening your leg muscles through exercises can also enhance stability and decrease the risk of falls.

Choose Joint-Friendly Activities

Opt for activities that are gentle on your joints while still keeping you active. Yoga, Pilates, and tai chi are excellent options that promote flexibility, strength, and balance without putting undue stress on your hip joints.

Are You or Your Loved Ones Suffering from Hip Pain?

Hip pain can significantly impact daily life and mobility. If you or a loved one are facing this challenge, feel free to book an appointment with us at Avant Orthopaedics, and we will provide you with a personalized consultation.

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