You may think it’s inevitable, that aches and pains just come with age. But hip pain isn’t something one can ignore!
Despite the hip joint’s durability, it can still get injured — whether it’s due to wear and tear from aging, muscle strains during activity, or broken bones in the event of a fall.
Since hip pain can be due to a variety of reasons, it’s important to identify the correct cause to get the best treatment.
4 Common Causes of Hip Pain
Osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis, is one of the most common causes of hip pain, affecting over 30 million US adults (according to the CDC). Whether due to age, injury, or other factors, the cartilage that cushions your joints begins to break down — causing pain, stiffness and a decreased range of motion.
Osteoarthritis treatment typically consists of self-care (like exercise or weight loss) and physical therapy, but surgery options are available if other treatment options are ineffective.
2. Hip Fractures
As we age, our bones tend to weaken (osteoporosis), and weakened bones are more likely to break during a fall. Falls are a leading cause of hip fractures and emergency room visits, but many falls are preventable.
From exercising to build up strength, balance, and flexibility, to removing tripping hazards from your home, it’s possible to reduce you or your loved one’s chance of (sometimes fatal) injury.
Treatment for a hip fracture almost always consists of surgery and physical therapy.
Around our body, we have small, fluid-filled sacs (called bursae), that serve as cushions between bones and soft tissues like muscles and tendons. They’re meant to lubricate joints and prevent friction but often become inflamed if the hip (or other major joints like the knee, shoulder, or elbow) is injured or overused.
Though bursitis can improve on its own, with a combination of rest, ice, and pain medications, physical therapy may also ease the pain and prevent recurrence.
4. Muscle Strains
Anyone can experience a muscle strain by doing ordinary tasks, but athletes tend to be at higher risk. A strain occurs when the muscles are overstretched or torn and can range from mild to severe, causing pain and even spasms.
While many strains improve with self-care, severe strains can call for physical therapy or even surgery.
Orthopedics are our specialty here at Kirby Medical Center. If you experience a traumatic or repetitive motion injury to your hip joint, bone, or tendon, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor today: 217-762-624!