Your hips are a focal point of your body. They are involved in so many of our basic movements, and even sitting down can have an effect on them. It’s no wonder that hip pain is one of the most debilitating conditions. It’s the kind of discomfort that will disrupt every part of your day.
Bodily motion is the result of your muscles moving your bones. Muscles are connected to bones via tendons and ligaments. Bursae are a number of fluid-filled sacs that act as cushioning between your tendons and bones. If you have bursitis, your bursae have become inflamed, most likely as a result of a continuous and repetitive motion like squatting. Symptoms of bursitis include swelling and tenderness around the joint, and resulting hip pain will probably be felt on the outside of your hip.
There are several forms of arthritis, but the form most likely to cause hip pain is osteoarthritis. This chronic condition sees the cartilage surrounding your joints break down over time, which leads to stiffness and pain as your bones rub against each other. Pain from osteoarthritis is normally felt on the inside of your hip in the groin area.
#3: Recurrent Ligament/Muscle Problems
It’s possible to strain or sprain your hip by overstretching or overextending the muscles that support it. Hip strains are a common injury resulting from athletic activity like running, but they can happen to anyone. This sort of muscular pain will likely be felt on the outside of your hip.
#4 Joint Problems
If you are in so much pain you can’t move, you are probably dealing with a more severe form of hip pain resulting from dislocation or a fracture. As with other joint pains, you are more likely to feel this pain along the inside of your hip or in the groin area, though a fracture will probably present some highly localized pain as well.
#5 Nerve Problems
Hip pain is often a symptom of pinched nerve conditions, such as a herniated disk or sciatica. In this case, the nerves running from your spinal cord to your legs are compressed in a manner that can cause pain, discomfort, or numbness in the affected area.
Personalized Hip Pain Treatment from DHPM
If you feel persistent hip pain similar to any of the above descriptions, it’s a good idea to consult with us at Dynamic Health & Pain Management. Less severe conditions like bursitis and hip strains can generally be resolved with rest and over-the-counter pain medication, but more severe and chronic conditions like arthritis or joint problems will require specialized treatment. We are well-equipped to help you no matter what the cause of your pain.
Schedule a consultation with us today, and a member of our talented staff will have you on your way to full motion before you know it. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about hip pain or another condition.