The hip is largest weight-bearing joint in the human body. It is complex and a hard working joint, surrounded by nerves, arteries, ligaments and tendons.
Not only is it one of the most active joints in the body, it also has three main axes which allow all three degrees of freedom.
With such complexity and strength, it really comes as no surprise that over 10 million people report hip problems each year in the UK.
But not every hip problem comes with age or can be related to Osteoarthritis.
So here are the top ten reasons for hip pain and how you can treat it.
Hip pain causes –
Osteoarthritis – A number of causes and symptoms which can vary from patient to patient. Normally including; cartilage damage, inflamed tissue surrounding the joint and bony growths.
Femoroacetabular Impingement – Often seen in the shoulder joint, hip impingement is caused by abnormalities in the structure of the ball and socket. This in turn causes the bones to rub and pinch the soft tissues surrounding the joint.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome – often caused by running, this pain comes from inflamed ligaments
in the thigh.
- Septic Arthritis AKA Osteomyelitis – Caused by an infection in the bone or joint.
- Hip fracture – More commonly seen in older people who suffer from weakened bones.
- Hip Dysplasia – this is due to misshapen hip sockets or can be the structure of the joint just does not “sit” correctly.
- Bursitis – The bursa, which is a fluid filled sack designed to cushion your joint becomes inflamed and swells.
- Hip Labral Tear – This is where the ring of cartilage surrounding the joint tears.
We advise that you seek medical help if –
- You have pain in the hip along with a fever or feeling unwell,
- Your hip is painful after one week of resting it,
- The hip became painful suddenly,
- Both hips , along with other joints are becoming painful,
- You are unable to bare weight on your hip,
Or of course
- If you fallen and injured your hip
If you have already been diagnosed with a hip issue or know your hip pain is due to a strain then over the counter painkillers and plenty of rest should help you continue on with day to day life.
Here are some helpful tips on managing, treating and preventing further pain or damage –
- Avoid high impact sports – Running, cycling, climbing and weight lifting can put further strain on your hips. Keeping up with sporting activities is very important for joint care. Your joints will benefit from maintaining good structure, especially around the joint itself as this provides good support for your bones and joints.
Try swimming, easy walks or even low-impact cardio to keep the strength up and the weight down.
- Maintain a healthy weight – As your hips are the largest weight-bearing joint in your body it is vital you keep and maintain a healthy weight. The more weight you gain the harder your hips have to work to keep you upright and balanced. If exercise is out of the question then try adapting your diet.
- Over the counter pain relief – Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are often enough to keep the pain at bay. If you are worried about taking too many and maximising on the daily amount then visit your doctor to see if anything more can be done to help ease the pain.
- Wearing sensible shoes – After a night in your heels or a day in your flip flops, the shoe your wearing can have a big impact on your hips. Try finding yourself a good supportive flat shoe.
- Visit your local physiotherapist who can help you with stretches, exercises and stance that will prevent further irritation of the joint.
Does your child complain of hip pain?
It is highly unlikely that a child will have hip pain due to an arthritic condition, however complaints of hip pain in children should be taken seriously. Irritable hip is the most common diagnoses in children complaining of this joint pain and can be treated easily. It usually lasts no more than two weeks.
Any child complaining of hip pain should be seen and checked at your local A&E for septic arthritis. As with adults, this joint infection would normally coincide with a high fever or feeling unwell.
In all cases, seek medical help to eliminate any concerns.
If you need further help, Freedom Clinics provides conservative treatment for ongoing joint pain. Providing pain medications, adjustments and manipulation to the spine and pelvis, deep tissue massage, deep tissue release, mobilisation, lifestyle modifications, supplementation advice and ongoing advice and care.