Hip pain complicates every part of daily life. Hip problems make walking and sitting difficult. If you suffer from hip pain, you also most likely have a hard time sleeping. Figuring out what causes hip pain and what to do about can help you as you fight to have a normal, active life. Read on for the basics of where it starts and what you can do about it.
Where It Starts And What It Feels Like
When you have pain in your hip, it's often an achy feeling down in the joint itself, where the leg meets the body. It can also be a stabbing, sharp, or sudden pain that occurs on walking or movement, because that puts pressure on the hip joint itself. Most cases of hip pain, though, are more of an ache, and they often don't go away just because you are not standing or walking. You can be very uncomfortable even when sitting or lying down, and it often seems as if the pain won't ever go away.
List Of Common Causes And Conditions of Hip Pain
There are a lot of causes of hip pain. Some causes of hip pain are from degenerative conditions to injuries, but some of the causes are much more common than others. Understanding the cause of the hip pain is the first step to recovering from the problem or relieving the pain from the problem These are a few common hip pain causes:
• Arthritis – when you have arthritis, you can experience a lot of pain in specific joints. The hip, as a major joint of the body, is one of these places where there could be a lot of pain. People with arthritis often have stiffness and tenderness in their joints, too, and arthritis in a hip joint can make walking very uncomfortable. If the arthritis is severe, it can also make sitting and standing uncomfortable, as well as lying down on that side. Arthritis of the hip can be very debilitating if it's not diagnosed and treated.
• An injury – anyone who dances, works out, or simply is very active could pull muscles or tendons around the hip and cause pain. Even someone who isn't normally that active could move wrong and 'pull something.' When that happens, the hip is tender and sore for some time because it's used so much that resting it and keeping it immobile is almost impossible to manage.
• Malformation – someone who has a birth defect or other type of malformation of the hip joints or of the spine could have hip pain, as well. The joint needs to be able to move and work properly, and if the joint doesn't fit correctly or a spine problem such as scoliosis is pushing the hip out of proper alignment, pain can be the result of that.
• Trochanteric Bursitis – this problem is extremely common. It causes inflammation of the bursa over the outside of the hip joint.
• Tendonitis – this condition can occur in any tendons in the body. When it occurs in the hip region, it affects the tendons surrounding the hip joint. The iliotibial band most often experiences tendinitis.
• Osteonecrosis – this condition happens when the blood flow to the bone is restricted. If the blood cannot reach the bones, the cells can die and the bone will collapse. The hip is one of the most common places for osteonecrosis to occur.
• Lumbar pain – in some cases, back and spine problems can cause symptoms to flare up around the buttocks or hip area. The most common problems are herniated discs and sciatica.
• Snapping Hip Syndrome – this describes three distinct hip problems. The first problem occurs when the IT band snaps over the outside of the thigh. The second snap occurs with the deep hip flexor over the front of the hip joint. And the last snap results because tears of the cartilage around the hip socket cause a snap.
• Muscle strains – these strains are common around the hip and pelvis areas. They can cause pain and spasm. The most common strains are in the groin area and hamstring.
• Fractures – fractures can occur in the hip area. Some are a result of stress fractures. Others are larger fractures resulting from osteoporosis.
List Of Common Treatment Options for Hip Pain
Treating hip pain doesn't have to be difficult. There are many treatments options for all kinds of conditions, and keeping that in mind is a great way to ensure that your hip pain can start being relieved.
• Over-the-counter medication or prescription medication can be used if you have arthritis in your hips. While it won't correct the problem, it will relieve some of the pain and stiffness. Often, that can be enough to make anyone who's dealing with arthritis feel much better. It also allows you to do a lot more than you would otherwise do.
• Treatment for injuries to the hip can include bed rest and avoiding a specific type of movement. That's important to know, but it may take a doctor's diagnosis to see what's actually wrong with your hip and be able to treat it effectively.
• Surgery can be required, especially if there is a malformation of the hip joint or the spine. The pain will often go away once the problem itself is corrected.
• If the pain is related to overuse, it is recommended to cut back on activity.
The hips are a hard area to treat. Often the pain is unique and typical remedies are not always effective. Therefore, alternative approaches often work well to relief the pain associated with this condition. These are some ideas to help heal the pain in the hips holistically:
• See a chiropractor. Chiropractors are very skilled at adjusting problems in the bones. If the hip problem relates to a spine issue, a chiropractor could be extremely beneficial.
• A fantastic treatment for pain is acupuncture. It has become one of the most popular remedies for pain because it works. An acupuncturist can target the pain in the areas that need attention. They focus on triggers in the body. For many it is a successful option.
• Try specific stretches that focus on massaging the muscles in the hip area. They will be extremely beneficial to many people that are suffering with hip problems.
• Avoid weight bearing activities. This means that you should stay off your feet and rest whenever possible.
When To See A Doctor for Hip Pain
In some cases, it will be important to consult a doctor regarding hip pain. An expert can be valuable for several reasons and will likely aid you in your recovery process. Here are some suggestions to help you understand when to see the doctor and how soon.
• Call 911 for a hip emergency that is combined with bleeding or an exposed bone or tendon. This injury needs immediate medical attention.
• Go to the emergency room or an urgent care for a joint that appears to be deformed, if a popping noise occurred during the time of the hip injury, there is an inability to bear weight on the affected leg, the pain is intense, or there is sudden swelling.
• Schedule an appointment with the doctor if hip pain is accompanied by swelling, redness, and tenderness.
Managing Hip Pain
Hip pain might be difficult to manage. However, it is important to begin by trying to manage the pain yourself. See if the over the counter medications are effective. They might be a great short term remedy to remove the swelling and help relieve pain. If pain persists, you'll need to consider seeing a doctor.
Rest is key. Staying off the injured area is the only way to ensure that more pain will not be added to the area. Try to relax and stay as comfortable as possible. This may be difficult, however it will definitely help the hip pain. While sitting and resting, try to ice the area. This will help decrease the swelling and also eliminate some of the pain.
Remember, while experiencing hip pain, anything that adds to the discomfort will most likely increase the recovery time. This can be something as simple as standing. Make an effort to simplify. Do activities that are easy on the body and promote healing. Read a book, watch movies, rest. Take time to recover from the injury or manage an issue like arthritis rather than making it worse.
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