The hip is what attaches the leg to the torso of the body. Many causes of hip pain can come from the joint itself but keep in mind that it may also come from areas that surround the hip. Inflammation, swelling, redness warmth and trouble with your hip flexibility, are signals and symptoms that a problem may exist.
What causes hip pain?
Hip pain can come from the hip joint itself or it can come from the structures surrounding the hip.
Pain can appear because of an illness or injury that causes inflammation. It can fill the hip joint empty spaces with fluid or blood resulting in pain.
Hip Fracture: Falls are the most common way to break a hip. The location of the fracture is very important because it will determine which type of operation is needed to repair the injury.
Contusions or Bruises: Even if there is no break, these injuries can be very painful in the hip area. It can take the form of Sprains (due to ligament injuries) or Strains (occur because of damage and inflammation to muscles and tendons).
Overuse Injuries: Muscles, tendons, and ligaments can become inflamed and cause hip pain due to overuse injuries. This hip injury can come from a daily activity or repetitive movements that can irritates the sciatic nerve.
Bursa Inflammation: The bursa may become inflamed for mutiple of reasons, often due to minor trauma or overuse. The inflammation causes the pain.
Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of hip pain in those over the age of 50.
Even if the hip hurts, the problem may come from elsewhere. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve can cause hip pain. Other types of nerve inflammation may manifest as hip pain like we see in pregnancy. Hernia may cause pain in the front part of the hip.
You should seek medical care for hip pain if it comes from an injury. If the pain is gradual and does not respond to rest, medication or exercises you should also seek help from a professional. Making the diagnosis of the cause of hip pain begins with the health-care professional. A physical examination will be done and the focus will be on the hip, the legs and the back. X-rays or magnetic resonance will occur if the specialist think that there is a fracture of the hip.
What can I do to treat my hip pain at home?
Rest is very important but you must do a gradual return to full activity. It is also important to exercise to maintain a certain range of motion to keep the whole body moving. It is important to listen to your body, and if pain persists, medical care should be accessed to help ensure your hips stay functional and healthy.
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are good pain medications.
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