Despite the hip joint’s ability to withstand repeated motions and wear, hip injuries are all too common. Research has shown that physical activity affects the onset of hip pain in individuals. However, determining the exact cause of hip pain can be tricky.
Here’s what may be causing your hip pain.
Arthritis is the most common cause of hip pain. It exists in two forms: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The former is a chronic inflammatory condition of the hip joint. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that causes cartilage breakdown. As a result, the hip bones rub against each other. This then causes pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and discomfort.
Hip bursitis is an inflammatory condition of the bursae. These are pillow-like sacs filled with liquid and are located between tissues. For instance, bursae are present between muscles, tendons, and bones. These sacs help reduce the friction between the tissues caused by their rubbing against each other.
When these sacs become inflamed, they can cause severe pain. You’ll experience a painful sensation at your thighs, buttocks, or your hip and can refer down the leg. The inflammation gets worse as you continue with your daily activities and can make the simplest of tasks challenging. Climbing the stairs, walking long distances, and even lying or leaning on the affected side can be extremely uncomfortable and painful.
While bursitis typically affects older adults, it isn’t uncommon among individuals in their thirties or forties. Mostly, the inflammation is brought on by repetitive activities that cause the hip joint to be overused.
The ring shaped cartilage surrounding the hip socket is called labrum. It helps prevent the ball of the thighbone fall out of place. Acting like a tissue seal, it not only cushions the hip joint but also secures the thighbone within the socket.
If this ring of cartilage sustains a rip or a tear, it causes immense pain at the joint. You’ll most likely experience a shooting pain that reduces your hip and groin movement. Moreover, you may also experience a locking or clicking sensation at your hip. The pain can persist for weeks and can severely lower your range of motion.
Labral tears are most common among individuals who engage in repetitive twisting motions, such as athletes and dancers. It’s also common among people who have previously sustained a hip injury or have an anatomic abnormality.
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