Whether you wake up with a sore hip or experience sudden hip pain or stiffness during your daily activities, hip pain can be challenging to manage. Hip pain can present itself with these symptoms:
- Groin pain on the affected side
- Hip stiffness and pain
- Pain while sitting, walking, or moving
- Difficulty sleeping due to hip pain
Although hip pain can be caused by many different conditions, these hip conditions are four of the most common causes:
Also known as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects many people. Although osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, it most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip and knees. With OA, the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones where they meet to form joints breaks down, causing pain. Hip cartilage also wears down, which causes friction from the bones rubbing against each other.
If you have OA, you may experience pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. Bony overgrowths, called spurs, may also form. With hip osteoarthritis, you might have pain in your groin area and the front of the thigh. Stiffness may be even more present if you’re not active for long periods of time. Some people with hip arthritis report feeling better after exercise. That’s because hip stiffness can worsen from inactivity. Treatment of OA depends on the severity of pain and how it impacts your daily activities.
Hip instability is a condition in which the hip joint becomes unstable due to a variety of causes. Hip instability can be either chronic or traumatic, depending on the cause of the condition.
Chronic instability usually results from a congenital condition, meaning that a person may be born with structural hip abnormalities. Traumatic instability ranges from severe hip dislocation to the hip joint sliding out of place. Traumatic hip instability usually results from motor vehicle accidents or intense athletic activities. Treatment for this condition depends on the cause and severity of hip instability.
Another cause of hip pain is bursitis. Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, which are small jelly-like sacs that are located throughout the body, including the shoulder, hip, and knee. These sacs contain fluid which helps to cushion the joints and reduce friction.
Hip bursitis often responds to conservative treatments, such as rest, ice, and taking a pain-relieving medication. However, bursitis symptoms can be persistent, and some individuals need additional treatments such as corticosteroid medications, physical therapy, and other therapeutic measures.
Hip tendonitis is a swelling of the tendons that connect muscle to the bone in the hip joint. The condition often results from overuse injuries, such as participating in a sport or other repetitive activity over a period of time. Doing the same activity repeatedly can put strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the hips. If these muscles and tendons are overused, the hip can become inflamed, cause pain, and prevent it from performing its everyday functions.
Some overuse injuries may improve with rest and home treatment, while more severe injuries usually require physical therapy or other ongoing treatment until the injury is healed. A health care provider might prescribe rest and anti-inflammatory medication to help manage hip pain.
It’s important to see your health care provider as soon as possible if you are experiencing hip pain. The Flexogenix team can evaluate your hip pain and recommend noninvasive treatment options that are best suited to your individual and unique needs.