As the largest ball-and-socket joints in the body, the hips are flexible and weight-bearing. Also referred to as multiaxial joints, the hips provide an extensive range of mobility. Composed of numerous bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, our hips create the foundation that allows us to walk, run, and play sports.
Common Hip Conditions
Similar to the knee, hips are a common location of pain due to mechanical stress and movement. When the hip itself is the cause of hip pain, you may experience pain on the inside of the hip or the groin. Pain on the outside of the hip or upper thigh is typically caused by problems with the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround the hip joint. Pain on the inside of the hip can be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of the hip, including:
Arthritis is a condition that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the hips, making it difficult and uncomfortable to perform daily activities. The two primary kinds of arthritis that affect the hip are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Sciatica is a condition that develops when your sciatic nerve becomes irritated, pinched, or compressed. Beginning in the lower back, the sciatic nerve branches down through your hips and legs, resulting in pain on usually only one side of your body when inflamed.
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or hip impingement, occurs when one or more of the structures in the hip has a slightly irregular shape. For example, when the head of the femur is not completely round, or the hip’s socket extends over the femur, it can cause the bones to rub abnormally against each other, creating friction and pain.
Your may also experience hip pain as a result of an injury. Sudden trauma can lead to a labral tear or a fractured hip. Similar to the shoulder’s labrum, the hip has a ring of cartilage that cushions the joint and can cause significant discomfort if torn. A fractured hip is a serious injury that happens when there is a break in the upper portion of the femur.
Fortunately, Rejuvinix offers specialized, non-surgical treatments for hips that can significantly reduce pain and increase functionality.
Hip Pain Symptoms
You may be suffering from one of the above conditions if you experience the following symptoms in your hip:
- Constant ache
- Sharp, shooting pain
- Swelling and stiffness
- Inability to bear weight on the affected leg
- Warmth to the touch
- Weakness or instability
Hip Pain Treatment
Treatment of hip pain can vary based on your exact source of pain. After receiving a comprehensive physical examination, our team will be able to accurately diagnose the reason for your hip pain. Once the condition is diagnosed, proper treatment might include strengthening and stretching movements, as well as other methods to increase functionality, such as:
At Rejuvinix, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief from your hip pain. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, request an appointment today by filling out the form below.