Hip Pain Is Pain Associated In The Hip, Thigh, And Groin Areas
Some pain in the hip is even the result of back pain. It is the sensation of discomfort in or around the hip joint, where the upper end of the thighbone fits into the socket of the hipbone.
Causes of Hip Pain
The hip joint is essentially made up of two bones the femur and pelvis. More spectfically the femoral head (ball) and the acetablum (socket). These two bones fit together to form the joint. Since the acetbablum is lined with cartilage that allows the bones to move with less friction, there is always a chance for wear and tear injuries and inflammation to arise. As with most joints the cartilage can wear away or tear and become painful. The hip joint is covered by thick bands of tissue called the capsule which keeps the joint contained and helps with movement. There are also muscle, tendons and ligaments associated with the hip joint which also can be a source of pain.
There are many causes of hip pain such as: Arthritis, Trochanteric Burrsitis (inflammation of the bursa over the outside of the hip joint), Tendonitis, Osteonecrosis, Lumbar Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Discs, Snapping Hip Syndrome Muscle Strains, Hip Fracture, degeneration, injury, inflammation of muscles, and Stress Fracture. 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 the hip, upper thigh, or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround the hip joint.
Diagnosing the Cause of Hip Pain
The most important part of caring for patients with neck pain is an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Magaziner uses his years of clinical experience, using a thorough examination and sophisticated diagnostic tools to arrive at his diagnosis. Some of the diagnostic tools are: X-ray, Fluoroscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Bone Scan and Ultrasound.
Part of the diagnosis is made by ruling out non-hip related conditions which may be referring pain into the hip such as a hernia, inflamed nerves or sciatica to name a few.
If your hip pain comes on gradually and does not respond to rest, ice and OTC pain medication it is important to seek a medical evaluation. Acute onset of pain secondary to trauma should be evaluated immediately. If the pain begins to limit the range of motion and cause you to favor the leg or limp, it is important to see your physician.
Dr. Magaziner’s philosophy is to start with the more conservative treatments (less invasive) first such as rest, medication, bracing, ergonomic changes, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and laser therapy. If the condition does not respond to conservative care some possible treatments include: joint injections, prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell grafts. As a last resort surgery may be necessary.