Hip Pain: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Hip Pain refers to the pain felt in and around the hip joint. According to the pain specialists, the pain can originate from the back, groin structures or the actual hip joint. Read on to know about the causes, symptoms and treatment of hip pain.

Causes:

  • Injury: Hip pain can be caused by a number of injuries such as stress on hip bone resulting into fracture and hence pain. Another most common factor causing acute hip pain is over exercising or over weight lifting results into a stretch in the joints and consequently leads to pain.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, tenderness and swelling in hip joints.
  • Other medical conditions: It has been found that Bursitis, Tendinitis, Cancer and Avascular Necrosis patients are more prone to hip pain.
  • Compression: Various physical activities may lead to nerve compression. Nerve compression should not be ignored as it may further lead to a severe problem like hip pain.
  • Miscellaneous: It can be caused by various other factors including hip injury, overuse of the joints, posture problems or another factor such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms:

  • Deformity: Hip joint getting deformed.
  • Difficulty in lifting weight: If the hip is unable to bear weight.
  • Swelling: When large amount of swelling is felt at the affected area and bars the body to walk, stand and sit.
  • Severe Pain: Severe pain felt in hip joints, thighs and legs.
  • Inflammation: Inflammation in hip joints can also be taken as one of the symptoms. When the bursa (a liquid-filled sac next to a joint) over the hip joint gets inflamed.

Treatment: Treatment of hip pain depends on the factors causing it. Following are the treatment options:

  • For injuries, treatment generally involves medication and bed rest used to relieve stress or pain.
  • Surgical intervention may be required in case of hip fractures or malformation of the hips. This kind of surgery is generally termed as hip replacement surgery in which damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one.

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