What Causes Hip Pain
Hip pain can be caused by a variety of things. A hip fracture can cause immense amounts of pain and be quite debilitating. In fact, fewer than 50% of patients who suffer from hip pain due to fracture return to their former level of activity. Surgery is needed to repair a hip fracture and complications are highly possible. Another cause of hip pain is insufficient blood flow to the hip such as with Aseptic necrosis, a bone condition that happens as a result of poor blood supply to the hip bone, can cause pain, even death. Arthritis, osteoporosis, trochanteric bursitis, and tendonitis can all cause hip pain, as well.
Specific Causal Conditions Links
* Fracture of the Pelvis(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
* Hip Bursitis(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
* Hip Dislocation(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
* Hip Fracture(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
* Hip Labral Tear(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
* Hip Strains(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
* Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
* Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
* Osteitis Pubis(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
* Osteoarthritis of the Hip(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
How to Avoid Hip Pain
Now that you know some of the reasons for hip pain, here are a few effective ways to avoid hip pain and live a healthier, more productive life:
- Warm Up, Cool Down: Always warm up before exercising and cool down after you are finished. Stretching your hips, thighs, and lower back can help you avoid a hip pain injury.
- No Falls: Be careful to avoid falls, especially if you are over the age of 55.
- Activity Avoidance: Try to avoid certain activities that raise one hip above the other for long periods of time, such as running or jogging on uneven surfaces. To avoid hip pain from jogging, alternate running on a treadmill with running on pavement.
- Hip Pads: If you are involved in a contact sport, like football or hockey, wear protective hip pads. Also, for those who are older and at high risk for hip fractures, wear hip pads with streamline designs.
- Osteoporosis Education: Osteoporosis can cause serious hip pain. Learn more about the prevention of osteoporosis.
What are the symptoms of a hip fracture?
Hip fractures usually are caused by a fall. If you fracture your hip, you will have bad pain in your hip and you may not be able to walk. Your hip may bruise or swell. Your leg may look shorter than usual, and your foot may be turned outward.
If you experience severe hip pain, or have hip pain after a fall or injury, visit your doctor immediately. Suffering from hip pain can be easily avoided if you play it safe, use common sense, and educate yourself about cause and prevention methods.