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Hip joint pain

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.

Possible Causes: 

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.

Risk Factors: 

The risk of hip arthritis and hip fractures increases due to the following:

  • Age and Osteoporosis. Hip fractures are common in older adults and in those who have osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the bones due to age or other factors.
  • Joint injury, heavy use of steroid medications, excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, and cancer treatments may increase your risk of osteonecrosis, where blood doesn’t reach the bone.
  • People who have a tall stature and vision problems may be physically debilitated. So also, weakness, disability or unsteady gait may cause falls.
  • Lack of physical activity and obesity. Excess weight affects bone growth and overall musculoskeletal health, causing deformity, pain, and possibly, a lifetime of limited mobility and diminished life quality.
  • Sports. Inflamed tendons, or tendonitis can occur due to excessive exercising.

Signs & Symptoms: 

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.

Diagnosis: 

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. 

Treatment Options: 

Meet a specialist at Medcare to treat hip joint pain and recover hip joint motion. 

  • The first line of treatment may be just rest, medications and ice-packs.
  • Avoiding activities that intensify the pain, such as climbing stairs and losing excess weight can help in reducing stress on the hip joint. 
  • Using walking supports like a cane, crutches, or a walker can improve mobility.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended, and personalised according to the underlying cause. It helps increase range of motion and flexibility, as well as strengthen the muscles in your hip and leg. 
  • If the problem is caused by inflammation, then steroid injections may be given.
  • For severe swelling, fluid from the hip may need to be drained.
  • If surgery is necessary, then the options are hip arthroscopy, hip replacement and robotic surgery.
  • The specialist may recommend osteotomy: used for treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip where either the head of the thighbone or the socket is cut and realigned to take pressure off of the hip joint.
  • In hip resurfacing procedure, the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with a metal shell.
  • In total hip replacement new metal, plastic or ceramic joint surfaces are used to replace the damaged acetabulum and femoral head and restore the function of your hip.
FAQs: الأسئلة الشائعة:
  • What is hip resurfacing?

    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.

  • What is robotic surgery?

    A: Orthopaedic surgeons now perform surgeries using robotic-assisted technology. Robots designed for surgery increase the accuracy and precision of the procedure.

  • How does physical therapy help reduce hip joint pain?

    A: Your physical therapist will create a 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.

  • What is osteonecrosis?

    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.

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