Sports, Pain &
Hip Pain Q & A
Hip pain is the general term for pain felt in or around the hip joint. It isn’t always felt in the hip itself but may instead be felt in the groin or thigh. Whenever you use the hip (for example, running), a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket.
Despite its durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down orbecome damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. Bones in the hip can break during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain.
Causes of Hip Pain
There are many causes of hip joint pain. Some hip pain is temporary, while other hip pain can be longstanding or chronic. Causes of hip pain include arthritis, inflammatory and noninflammatory arthritis, fracture, sprain, infectious arthritis (septic arthritis), avascular necrosis, Gaucher’s disease, sciatica, muscle strain, iliotibial band syndrome (IT band syndrome), and hematoma.
Symptoms of Hip Pain
Symptoms associated with hip pain depend on the cause. Symptoms include:
Symptoms vary in intensity from mild to severe. Hip pain can be a cause of disability.
Treatment of Hip Pain
The treatment depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is important that you understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.