Hip pain reportedly affects about 7% of adults in the U.S, although elderly patients are more likely to suffer from hip pain, yet less likely to report it. The reasons for hip pain are several as well as the actual symptoms. Those who complain of hip pain may actually be referring to the lower back or buttock, but when the hip is actually the problem, pain is typically felt in the thigh, groin or even the knee.

Although hip pain may be common, it can be a result of many different causes. Some of the most common reasons for hip pain in adults are:

Osteoarthritis – This condition occurs after bone cartilage is worn away or damaged and hip bones no longer move smoothly. This is very common among those over 50 years of age and causes pain in the groin area and the front side of the thighs. This is a chronic condition that causes pain and stiffness, and is usually worse after activity. Due to friction, swelling and stiffening, the hip joint may become deformed. In severe cases a total hip replacement is the common treatment.

Fracture – Older people, especially those suffering from osteoporosis, can fracture their hips during simple daily activities. Surgery is required for hip fractures.

Muscle strains, tendonitis, or bursitis – Overusing the hip muscles can results in small tears, although strains can happen in the lower back after quick turning, twisting or pulling of the spinal column muscles. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to hipbones and joints, and inflammation of the tendons can occur from frequent strenuous activity. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints and bursitis is the painful inflammation of these sacs.

Certain inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica – Early diagnosis is vital as some conditions are treatable and can prevent more serious complications.

Infection or malignancy – Acute infections need urgent diagnosis and care because they can cause joint destruction, as well as an overabundance of harmful bacteria and toxins, if untreated.

If you are experiencing pain, swelling or redness, please call or visit Spine & Orthopedic Center today at 888-409-8006. Our doctors can help you determine the cause of your hip pain, and advise you on an appropriate treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery.