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Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Basic Information and Facts:

Hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip, including:

  • Hip Fracture– can cause sudden hip pain. These injuries can be serious and lead to major problems. Hip fractures are more common as people get older because falls are more likely and your bones become weaker.
  • Infection in the Bones or Joints
  • Osteonecrosis of the hip (necrosis from loss of blood supply to the bone)
  • Arthritis -- often felt in the front part of the thigh or groin
  • Labral tear of the hip

Pain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems such as:

  • Bursitis – pain when getting up from a chair, walking, climbing stairs, and driving
  • Hamstring strain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Impingement Syndrome
  • Groin strain
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
Pain you feel in the hip may reflect a problem in your back, rather than in the hip itself.

Hip Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the Hip joint. It is a condition affecting the natural cushioning, or cartilage, between joints in the knee.

Healthy joints are well cushioned by cartilage and having lubricating fluid that is allowing joints to be moving with almost friction-less ease. But the inflammation in arthritic joints can render even small movements difficult and painful.

Although there is no cure for most types of arthritis, there are treatments that can help you significantly reduce the pain and preserve existing joint function. Our team can help you explore the best way to manage your Hip arthritis and get you back to the everyday activities you enjoy.

 

Possible Causes of Hip Arthritis

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is the breakdown of cartilage that keeps bones from rubbing together. It most commonly occurs in the weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees, and can be made worse by other factors like overweight.

As the cartilage wears away, the bone underlying it degenerates, and other parts of the joint, such as ligaments and muscles, become altered as well. Usually appearing at middle age and developing slowly, osteoarthritis  is characterized by pain that gets worse as the day goes on, stiffness and decreased motion, swelling in the joint, sounds (like clicking or crunching noises) when moving the affected joint and visible deformity of the joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another condition that also causes inflammation of the hip, knee joints along with other small joints of the hands and surrounding tissues.  However, unlike osteoarthritis, RA also affect the organ systems of the body.  Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when abnormally the body immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.  Other less common causes of joint arthritis may include infection and gout.

 

Symptoms

 The most common symptoms of patients with Hip arthritis include:

  • Pain is felt in the groin area or buttocks and sometimes on the inside of the knee or thigh. It is not uncommon to mistakenly think the knee to be the source of the pain.
  • Stiffness of the joint with limited Range of Motion
  • Discomfort with walking
  • Clicking or crunching noises when moving

 

Diagnosis

Since Hip arthritis can be caused by a multiple underlying problems – from natural wear and tear, to infection, to immune disorders – a diagnosis of the underlying cause of the problem is a key to determine the most appropriate plan of care.

At MAPMSC, only by getting to know more about you and your condition, through our comprehensive multi-systemic medical history and examination, the type and the choices of your treatment plan will be tailored.

 

Treatment Options:

  • Hip joint Steroid Injection
  • Peripheral Nerves Cryoablation
  • Hip joint targeted exercises
  • Life Style changes and adjustments
  • Based on evaluation, part of the treatment plan might require some imaging and tests to be done, with possibility to get evaluation by other care team members like Physical Therapist, Rheumatologist, Orthopedic joints specialist.

 

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2015-07-25 22:59:00