Most Common Causes of Hip Pain

If you have persistent pain in a certain area of your body, it can be easy to assume that one thing is to blame. But, that isn’t always true, especially when it comes to the hip.

Your hip is a large and complex structure in your body, and it contains bones that form the largest weight-bearing ball and socket joint in your body. It also has soft tissues, such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles. That means that identifying the cause of hip pain can be tricky, because it can have several causes. It can also cause symptoms in several areas, including your:

With our insight and expertise in pain management, our team can help diagnose and treat your hip pain. Here are a few causes of hip pain that we see regularly at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers.

Muscle or tendon strain

We usually don’t think of our hips when it comes to repetitive stress. However, overuse can put unnecessary strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that help support your hips. When this happens, you can develop pain and tightness. It’s also possible to get tendonitis, a condition in which the tissue that connects your muscles to your bones gets inflamed.

Bursitis

You have small fluid-filled sacs called bursae, and these small cushions help keep your bones, tendons, and muscles from rubbing against each other. Unfortunately, when irritated — often due to repetitive activities — they can become inflamed and cause pain in the hip joint.

Pinched nerves 

Sometimes, your pain can come from somewhere else, like the sciatica symptoms seen with a pinched nerve. Common signs of a pinched nerve include:

In most cases, this type of hip pain worsens when you move.

Arthritis

Arthritis can wreak havoc in joints all over your body, but especially in the hips. In general, arthritis is due to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a strong, flexible tissue that helps cushion and protect joints. When it breaks down, it can lead to pain and inflammation as bones in the affected joints rub against each other.

If you have arthritis pain in your hip, it’s also common to experience stiffness and reduced range of motion.

Fracture

Hip fractures are a leading cause of hip pain in older adults, especially those with weakening bones due to osteoporosis. In most cases, this type of hip pain occurs suddenly, is quite intense, and requires immediate medical attention.

When to schedule an appointment

If you have hip pain that lingers for more than a few days, we usually recommend scheduling an appointment to get a diagnosis.

Symptoms that require prompt medical attention include:

After reaching a diagnosis by performing a physical exam and digital imaging, we will outline a course of treatment to manage your symptoms. Common treatments for hip pain can vary from medications and physical therapy to steroid injections and nerve blocks. If your hip pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatment or needs extensive repair, we might recommend joint replacement surgery.

To find relief from your hip pain, schedule an appointment by phone with Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers today.

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