Hip Pain

Causes, Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hip Pain

A woman holds her lower back in agitationThe bones in and around the socket are connected by muscles, tendons and ligaments and hip pain can arise from the socket itself or the connector tissues that surround it. The pain is usually caused by inflammation, which can be the result of trauma or impact to the joint or some other condition that caused the tissue in the joint to swell. If you are suffering from hip pain, it has most likely resulted in a loss of mobility and range of movement in your hip. This can be a hindrance not only when it comes to athletic activity and exercise, but even for daily activities like walking or driving.

If you find that your daily routine has been disrupted because you are in pain and suffering, then our experienced doctors at Lakeland Spine Center can offer you the pain relief that you need for your life to return to normal. Simply call our office to schedule a risk-free consultation with absolutely no obligations attached.

Different Causes Of Hip Pain

Hip pain can be caused by traumatic causes or non-traumatic causes.

Traumatic causes are simply physical damage to the area, causing inflammation and the release of fluids into the hip joint. This results in pressure within the hip joint, which in turn causes pain.

The most common non-traumatic cause of inflammation is arthritis. This is most commonly associated with individuals over the age of 50, because this is when the normal stresses of daily life inevitably result in the joint becoming worn and ceasing to function properly.

When you fall or suffer from an impact to your hip, it can cause bruising or, in more severe cases, fractures or breaks in the bone structure. Bruising can also occur as a result of sprains or strains of the muscles, tendons and ligaments within and around the joint. When you suffer from fractures, breaks, sprains or strains, the ultimate effect on the hip joint is the same – the hip socket fills with blood or tissue fluids, inhibiting mobility and making movement painful.

There are also overuse injuries, which straddle the line between traumatic and non-traumatic injuries. Initially, overuse injuries cause the muscles, tendons and ligaments to become inflamed. If the overuse occurs for an extended period of time, however, it can start to wear away the cartilage within the joint that allows for smooth rotation of the ball in the socket, thus causing arthritis.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Most people use pain as the measure of when it is time to seek medical attention for an injury or ailment. When it comes to joint pain, however, the minimum threshold of pain required for you to seek medical treatment should be very low. This is because the joints are relatively fragile, as they rely on cartilage to function properly and cartilage, once worn away, is not regenerated. Any impairment of normal movement should be enough of a warning to seek medical advice.

Treatment of hip pain usually involves a combination of medication to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief and physical therapy to strengthen muscles and reduce tension in the hip joint. In more severe cases, surgery might be the only option for a proper recovery.