Many seasoned athletes experience hip pain at some point in their careers. The hip joint, the body’s largest ball and socket joint, can bear only a certain amount of regular wear and tear. Athletes are advised to address their hip pain in its earliest stages to avoid more invasive treatments in the future.
CAUSES OF HIP PAIN
Hip pain can be caused by a variety of injuries and disorders. This is accompanied by a burning sensation and deep aching in the affected areas.
Common causes of hip pain include:
Our bones weaken and grow more fragile as we age. Eventually, even a simple fall can lead to a severe and life-altering hip fracture. After a simple fall, this can easily result in a hip fracture. Also known as a break in the upper portion of the thigh bone, hip fractures can develop as a consequence of a blow, stress injury, or a medical condition such as osteoporosis. This type of hip pain caused by a fracture is described as deep and dull and is typically felt in the groin or upper thigh.
Arthritis causes the cartilage in our joints that cushion the hip bones to deteriorate and can result in limited mobility that worsens over time if left untreated.
Tendinitis occurs due to excessive use of the tendons. This inflammatory condition of the tendons is characterized by a feeling of tenderness and pain outside the hip joint.
This condition occurs when the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the tendons, bones and muscles near the hip joint become inflamed and painful.
Muscle and tendon strains occur as a result of recurring micro-tears in the tendons, muscles, or ligaments that support the hips. This issue can cause discomfort as well as impede proper hip function.
This advanced condition involves the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood flow. This disruption can be caused by a dislocated or broken bone, or long-term steroid use.
HIP LABRAL TEAR
Athletes are particularly susceptible to this hip condition. A labrum is a ring of cartilage that runs around the outside of the hip joint socket. Its primary function is to cushion the hip joint and maintain the thighbone’s position within the hip socket. A hip labral tear occurs when the hip twists, often during repetitive twisting movements.
Bone cancer, whether metastatic or primary, can cause bone pain, particularly hip pain.
HIP PAIN SYMPTOMS
Some common symptoms of hip pain include:
Pain radiating from the groin, the inside of the hip joint, the thigh, the buttocks, or the outside of the hip joint
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HIP PAIN RELIEF
Some forms of hip pain do not require invasive treatment and can be relieved with simple over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Osteoarthritis, tendon tear and strain, tendonitis, and muscular strain can easily be treated without resorting to surgery. Anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Other methods for relieving hip pain before consulting a doctor include resting the hip joint, applying ice to the impacted region for a few minutes or gently heating the area. Swimming and other low-impact workouts can also assist with arthritis-related hip discomfort. Other workouts, such as weight training and stretching, can help improve the condition as well.
If arthritis becomes quite severe leading to a hip deformity or causing intense pain, then an arthroplasty (total hip replacement) may be required. Also, hip pain as a result of a fracture may need surgery to fix it or replace it completely.
If arthritis progresses to the point of creating a hip deformity or excruciating pain, an arthroplasty (complete hip replacement) may be indicated. In addition, hip discomfort caused by a fracture may need surgery to repair or replace totally.
If your arthritis progresses to the point of creating a hip deformity or results in constant, excruciating pain, an arthroplasty (complete hip replacement) may be your best treatment option. Hip discomfort caused by a fracture may also require surgery.