HIP PAIN

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WHAT IS HIP PAIN?

Hip function is essential to everyday life. From walking to running, climbing to sitting, our hips ensure we are able to be as mobile as we’d like. So when pain in the hip halts our quality of life, it’s essential that care is given. The Texas Pain Care team in Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Houston areas offers advanced therapies for hip pain back treatment that allow for an efficient diagnosis and the most comfortable and minimally-invasive treatment possible. If your hip pain is getting worse, happening more frequently, or making you sit on the sidelines for your favorite activities, it’s time to reach out for professional help.

Hip pain is described as pain or discomfort in or around the hip joint, which is where the femur connects to the pelvis. Not only is the hip joint one of the largest joints in the body, it is used constantly for movement, maintaining balance and supporting the body’s weight. 

Hip pain can be experienced in the short-term, possibly from strain from exercising, or can be more long-term, which points to a larger issue in the body. For pain that occurs in waves, possibly first thing in the morning or late at night, or doesn’t seem to get worse, rest and relaxation could be the best remedy. It might be beneficial to also take a break from physical exercise and take over-the-counter medications (as prescribed) to combat the pain. 

There are different parts of the hip that can experience pain, so pinpointing the correct area will help to determine what caused the damage and what treatment option is best. If the pain is felt close to the surface, around or above the hip, then that could point to an issue with muscles, tendons or ligaments. If pain is felt deeper inside the joint itself, that could be an issue with the bone or cartilage. Or, pain from the hip can even radiate to other parts of the body and cause pain in the lower back or or groin region. 

If the pain does seem to increase, you’re finding it too difficult to complete simple movements, and at-home remedies aren’t working, it’s best to seek help from a medical professional who can diagnose the cause of the pain and recommend the best treatment possible. 

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WHAT CAUSES HIP PAIN?

It’s first important to understand the anatomy of the hip joint to be able to understand the causes of hip pain. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint where the large thigh bone (femur) connects to the pelvis. At the top of the femur is a round ball that fits into the socket formed by the pelvic bone (acetabulum). Ligaments and muscles support and joint, allowing for the ball to glide and rotate, which gives the leg movement. These ligaments and muscles also inhibit any improper rotation, or overextension. To further promote ease of movement, the synovial lining in the joint provides lubricating fluid that decreases friction between the ball and socket joint, and the bursa, or fluid-filled sacs, help to cushion and smooth movement. So when you’re running, twisting, jumping, and walking, you have all of these factors to thank. 

Hip pain can be related to leg pain, as pain in the hip prohibits movement in the leg. So while hip pain is directly related to the hip, it can also spread to other parts of the body, including: