Common Causes of Hip Pain
When you’re experiencing pain, weakness or other problems in your hips, it can make just about every act difficult—walking, sitting, standing, lying down. Your hip joint is designed to be durable, to withstand a significant amount of wear and tear, but it’s not indestructible. If you’re on your feet a lot, both at work and at play, the cartilage that cushions the hip bones can simply wear down, leading to bone-on-bone. That can restrict movement and cause pain. In addition, the muscles and tendons can become strained or the ball-and-socket joint can start to deteriorate.
If you are feeling some discomfort in your hips, but don’t know the cause, it might be:
- Arthritis—Arthritis is simply an inflammation in the joints. Among older adults, the most common types of hip arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis generally involves a deterioration of joint cartilage and even underlying bone. Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is actually a progressive, autoimmune condition where your body’s immune system attacks healthy body tissue. The symptoms of arthritis include stiffness and limited range of motion.
- Bursitis—You have little fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, that provide cushioning between bones, muscle and tendons. Overexertion or repeated motions can inflame the bursa sacs, causing pain.
- Labral tear—You have a ring of cartilage, known as the “labrum,” around the outside rim of your hip joint socket. It serves multiple purposes, both cushioning the hip joint and locking your thigh bone into your hip socket. It can be torn, typically through trauma, putting you at risk of a dislocated hip.
- Subluxation, or partial dislocation—This means that the ball at the end of your thigh bone has started to come out of the socket, but has not fully dislocated. Symptoms typically include an inability to put weight on that hip. Treatment involves manipulating the ball fully back into the socket, often followed by a period of rest.
- Tendonitis—Your tendons connect muscle to bone and can become irritated or inflamed by repetitive motion or overuse.
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