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Causes and Treatment for Hip Pain

September 26th, 2018


The hip joint attaches the leg to the torso of the body in a “ball and socket” formation. The hip joint works by allowing the head of the femur to swivel within the socket which is made up of pelvic bones. Many forms of hip pain come from the hip joint itself, but because it is a complex structure – pains can also originate from the structures around the hip.

Symptoms of joint issues include pain, inflammation, and swelling including warmth and redness. Hip pain may have many causes including the following.

  • Trauma
    Trauma such as from a fall or other injury can cause serious hip pain. It is recommended to have a hip injury seen and treated as early as possible in order to avoid long-term hip pain.
  • Inflammation
    There is a minimal amount of fluid inside the hip joint that allows the femoral head to move nicely within the socket of the hip. Any inflammation cause by illness or injury will cause this space to fill with fluids or blood, which results in pain due to the increased pressure and stretching.
  • Cartilage Issues
    The hip joint is lines with cartilage that allows the bones to move without friction. As with any cartilage, these areas can become worn down over time which will cause pain with movement.

Because hip pain can be caused by a great deal of different issues, it is recommended to see a health care professional if you are experiencing any type of persistent pain in your hips and surrounding structures. Diagnosis and treatment of hip pain can take some time to sort out, but with the help of your professional health care team – you can be well on your way back to pain-free living.

Treatments for hip pain may include physiotherapy, pain medication, targeted exercises, and in some more extreme cases, surgery may be required.


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