Hip pain is a condition when pain is felt inside or around the hip joint or your groin. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues that surround your hip joint. Hip pain caused by conditions in other areas of your body, is called referred pain.
Hip joint pain causes discomfort and limits your ability to sit, walk and perform your normal activities. Hip pain may be caused by different conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip fractures, bursitis, osteonecrosis, tendonitis, herniated disk, septic hip or labral tears.
The risk of hip arthritis and hip fractures increases due to the following:
Symptoms of problems with the hip joint include pain in the hip, or groin, or in front of the thigh. The pain increases with physical activity and you may experience stiffness in the hip joint which affects your ability to walk or bend.
Often, there is a feeling of ‘locking’ of the joint, and a snapping noise during movement. This is caused by loose fragments of cartilage and other tissues, which affect the movement of the hip. You may develop a limp due to impaired movement. Increased joint pain in rainy weather.
The orthopaedic specialist at Medcare will diagnose the cause of hip joint pain or problems with hip joint motion. This will be based on your symptoms and the location of the discomfort. The doctor will also ask you the triggers that cause discomfort. Imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may also be required. You hip joint ligaments and muscles will also be checked.
Meet a specialist at Medcare to treat hip joint pain and recover hip joint motion.
A: For young people suffering from arthritis or osteonecrosis of the hip, hip resurfacing is a good alternative to total hip joint replacement. In this procedure, some part of the bone is shaved away and the joint surface is capped with a metal implant. As more of the bone is maintained, the feeling and motion is more natural. The risks of inaccurate leg length and dislocation are also reduced.
A: Orthopaedic surgeons now perform surgeries using robotic-assisted technology. Robots designed for surgery increase the accuracy and precision of the procedure.
A: Your physical therapist will create a hip joint pain treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your hip joint pain. The therapist will teach you stretches and exercises to increase the flexibility and strength of the hip. Aerobic exercises that don’t aggravate the hip, such as swimming, may also be included.
For bursitis, physical therapy may include ultrasound and massage. Your physical therapist can also teach you better posture and gait to reduce your pain.
A: If bone cells do not receive sufficient blood flow, they can die. This condition is called osteonecrosis. The hip is the most common location that gets affected by this.