What Causes Hip Pain?

Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. In fact, you may not feel pain from your hip directly over the hip area. Instead, you might feel it in your groin or pain in your thigh or knee. However, hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip, such as:

• Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs after bone cartilage is worn away or damaged and hip bones no longer move smoothly. Osteoarthritis is common in those over 50. It causes pain in the groin area and the front side of the thighs. However, osteoarthritis 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, however, a total hip replacement is required.

• Hip Fracture

Those suffering from osteoporosis, especially the elderly, fracture their hips often. In fact, a hip fracture is a common occurrence during simple daily activities. Surgery is required for a hip fracture.

• Muscle strains, tendonitis, or bursitis

Overusing the hip muscles can result in small tears. Although strains can happen in the lower back after quick turning, twisting, or pulling. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to hip bones and joints. Inflammation of the tendons occurs 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.

Also, see: Immediate Treatment for a Back Muscle Strain

• Inflammatory Conditions 

There are many inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica. Early diagnosis of inflammatory diseases is vital. Considering some conditions are treatable and can prevent more severe complications.

• Infection or malignancy

Acute infections need urgent diagnosis and care. Considering, they can cause joint destruction. In fact, they can cause an overabundance of harmful bacteria and toxins if left untreated.

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what causes hip painAnatomy of the Hip Joint

The hip joint is one of the largest joints of the body. As a matter of fact, it plays a critical locomotive role as the hip moves forward and backward. This joint also rotates when sitting and changing directions while walking.

The hip joint is where the femur ball joins the pelvis at a socket called the “acetabulum.” In fact, there’s cartilage covering both the bone of the femur and the acetabulum in the hip joint. A joint lining tissue, called synovium, surrounds the hip joint.

This synovium tissue produces a fluid that lubricates the joint, providing nutrients to the joint cartilage. The ligaments around the hip joint attach the femur bone to the bony pelvis. Some several muscles and tendons glide around the hip joint. Tiny fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, provide gliding surfaces for muscles and tendons around the hip joint. Major arteries and veins pass the front of the hip joint. The largest nerve of the body, the sciatic nerve, passes behind the hip joint.