Hip Pain: Causes and Treatment
The hip joint can withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint — the body’s largest — fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement. The hips allow us to run, walk, sit down, bend over and move our legs in many directions. When the hips are a source of pain, everyday life is affected. In the absence of a recent trauma, hip pain in adults is most often caused by some form of arthritis.
Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
Causes of painful hip joints
The most common cause of hip pain in adults over 50 is osteoarthritis. Because each hip joint must be able to hold half of our body weight, the cartilage in these joints must act as a shock absorber during any physical activity that makes impact with the ground, which can exacerbate damage and inflammation. During the impact, the bone also becomes vulnerable to breaking down and failing to rebuild itself, a condition known as Osteoporosis.
Inflammation can also occur when the tendons around the joint are strained, especially from running or any activity that involves lifting the leg repeatedly. Prolonged strain on the tendon, caused by overusing muscles (or favouring one over the other), can result in tendinitis.
Pain may arise from structures that are within the hip joint or from structures surrounding the hip.
The hip joint is a potential space, meaning that there is a minimal amount of fluid inside it to allow the femoral head to glide in the socket of the acetabulum. Any illness or injury that causes inflammation will cause this space to fill with fluid or blood, stretching the hip capsule lining and resulting in pain.
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Symptoms of Hip Pain
- Contusions can cause swelling within the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip. The muscles may go into spasm as the hip tries to move. When the injured muscle stretches, pain increases.
- The injury may affect the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that provide a gliding surface for the tissues around the joint. If the bursa becomes inflamed (bursitis), there can be local tenderness.
- The bone itself can become bruised and painful. Rarely, the contusion can cause swelling and bleeding within the joint. Increased amount of fluid within the joint leads to further decreased range of motion.
- Contusion can cause increased pain in a joint that is already inflamed. Patients who have arthritis can have significant pain with a relatively minor injury because of the underlying damaged already present within the hip joint.
You might notice that your pain gets worse with activity, especially if it’s caused by arthritis. Along with the pain, you might have reduced range of motion. Some people develop a limp from persistent hip pain.
Hip Pain Relief
Your hip joints are beautifully designed to take on an incredible amount of weight and pressure throughout your lifetime, but as we age we need to give them extra support to keep us through each day.
Healthy hips require your joints, tendons, muscles, and bones to work collaboratively. Gentle rotations and stretches that comfortably engage all of these parts will help keep them flexible and coordinated. A nutritious diet, with anti-inflammatory Omega-3’s and calcium and Vitamin D to support bone density, can protect against stress and damage. Supplementary nutrients like Flexiqule are loaded with anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredients that can soothe your joints naturally.