When people have pain in their hip region, most don’t investigate it right away. A lot of them tolerate the pain, especially if it sustains only for an hour or so. Only when the hip pain crosses the limit, they decide to consult a doctor. By that time, the condition might deteriorate where treatments don’t work due to delay. Physicians ultimately will recommend the patient for surgery due to failure in other conventional treatment methods.
‘Earlier the diagnosis, earlier the treatment’ – this should be everyone’s motto.
Hence, this blog article aims to present the symptoms of varied types of common hip-related problems and raise awareness of potential hip pain conditions. So you can get the treatment well in advance.
Anatomy of the hip region
The hip is a weight-bearing region made up of a ball-and-socket joint. The upper part of the thighbone is the ball region. Similarly, the portion of the pelvic bone is the socket region.
Articular cartilage is found beneath this ball-and-socket joint. It is the covering part of the bones which prevents them from rubbing against each other.
The hip joint stabilises the shape of the hip portion and helps to move the hip easily without creating any problem.
What if there occurs an injury or degeneration in the hip?
Due to overuse of the hip region, it is prone to injury and degeneration. Hence, your hip may undergo the following 8 common hip issues as listed below:
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Hip osteonecrosis
- Hip tendinitis
- Hip labrum tear
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Hip flexor strain
- Hip flexor injury
You will experience symptoms such as hip pain, stiffness, tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion leading to difficulty while walking.
Although all these problems cause severe pain in your hip, there are few differences in pain. So, let us go through them.
As you grow older, the cartilage portion of the hip joint wears away. Hence, the joint parts will rub against each other causing hip pain. It is called degenerative arthritis or wear and tear arthritis.
In this condition, you get pain in front of the groin that may travel into the thigh portion. At times, you get pain at the side of the hip, back of the thigh or buttocks.
This pain will aggravate while getting up from a seated position, getting in or out of the car, bending to put on shoes, or doing vigorous activities. Hip pain will shoot up while standing, jogging, and walking.
Osteonecrosis arises if there is any problem with blood supply to your thigh bone due to the damaged nearby blood vessels. It is otherwise called avascular necrosis (AVN) and aseptic necrosis.
In this condition, hip pain is the primary symptom. However, it will be dull or throbbing in the buttock or groin region.
Once this condition progresses, you will have difficulty standing since it will put excess load on the affected hip.
Bursa has a sac filled with lubricating fluid, namely synovial fluid. This fluid is found between tissues as well as bones, which helps in easy joint movement.
The hip bursa can successfully reduce the friction between tissues and bones by remaining as a cushion layer.
Inflammation of this hip bursa leads to hip bursitis causing more pain. Hip bursitis is otherwise called trochanteric bursitis.
In this condition, you will experience pain while resting on the affected side. This pain will arise on the outer part of the hip, buttock, and thigh. You can feel this pain while pressing on the outer part of the hip region.
Moreover, this pain will worsen while getting out of a car or getting up from a deep chair.
A group of small fibres together constitutes the hip tendon. This tendon in the hip connects the hip muscles with the nearby bone, particularly the thigh bone, to help leg movement.
What if there occurs a severe or unexpected pull in your hip tendon? What if you overuse the hip for routine activities? You will experience irritation which leads to inflammation followed by severe pain.
This condition is otherwise called hip tendonitis and hip flexor tendonitis.
Here, you will experience gradual pain in the hip, mainly in the front portion. Furthermore, your hip will become stiff in the morning when you get up from bed or after a prolonged duration of rest.
Hip labrum tear
The hip labrum is a cartilaginous, fibrous ring that covers the socket region. It helps in giving a pain-free movement. Moreover, the hip labrum can protect your hip bones and maintain alignment by working as a shock absorber.
There will be a tear in the labrum because of trauma and overuse of hip joints due to strenuous activities and exercises.
In this condition, you will experience deep pain in the buttocks or groin region on the side of the affected hip. You will feel unsteady while standing on your feet. You get a locking or clicking sound in the hip region while moving.
This pain will become worse after prolonged hours of standing, walking, or sitting.
Snapping hip syndrome
Snapping hip syndrome is otherwise called dancer’s hip condition and clinking hip syndrome.
You will hear a clicking sound from your hips while walking, swinging, lifting, rotating, or lowering your legs in this condition. Even while climbing or getting up from the chair, you can hear the clicking sound in the hip’s front, back, or side.
If you are performing vigorous activities such as playing sports, running, swimming or jumping, this snapping sound will be more audible, along with severe pain in the front, back, or side of the hip.
Hip flexor injury
The hip flexor is composed of three muscles. Among them, the iliopsoas is the trigger part which includes the iliacus and psoas major as one. This part is always prone to injury that leads to tearing.
If this tear is severe, you will get severe pain followed by the loss of leg function. You will have sharp pain in the hip region that occurs suddenly. Moreover, you will experience pain and difficulty, especially while lifting the leg to your chest.
Additionally, there will be cramps in the upper part of the leg, followed by tightness on the thighs after a prolonged duration of rest.
Hip flexor strain
There are three flexor muscles in the hip region, which help lift the knee towards your chest and bend at the waist.
They are as follows:
- Psoas muscles
- Iliacus major muscles
- Rectus femoris
Due to the overuse of these muscles for regular activities, there will be a strain in this region, causing sudden and sharp pain in the hip region. The upper leg will feel tender, along with spasms in the hip region.
You may have a cramping sensation in the upper leg muscles followed by an inability to jump, kick, or sprint.
Does Medica Stem Cell therapy work for hip pain?
The conventional methods used to manage hip pain include medications, steroids, and physical therapy. Physicians will recommend surgery if these treatments do not provide significant relief from hip pain.
However, Medica Stem Cell treatment may naturally heal the damaged tissues and regenerate new cells. Thus, this minimally invasive procedure offers long-lasting relief from hip pain.
Are you ready to undergo Medica Stem Cell treatment in Ireland for your hip pain? Do not choose to ignore hip pain and seek professional medical advice and treatment to prevent your hip pain condition from advancing.
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