The ball-and-socket joint of the hip is the largest joint in the body. It is designed to bear the weight of the upper body and to withstand repeated movements such as walking and running. Because of this, it is subject to wear-and-tear, and is vulnerable to injury from constant use.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Any injury or condition that affects one or more of the hip joint structures can result in hip pain symptoms. These may involve in inner hip pain if the structures within the joint itself are affected, or an outer hip pain, if the surrounding parts of the hip are involved.
The most common causes of hip pain in adults include:
- Hip pain in osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilages on the bones are worn due to wear and tear, causing chronic hip pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility in the joint. This is the most common cause of hip pain in elderly individuals.
- Hip pain in rheumatoid arthritis, which is similar to osteoarthritis, but the cause is an autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
- Injuries, which can cause sudden hip pain. Hip tendon pain and bursitis hip pain are commonly due to repetitive movements such as running and jogging, while hip fracture pain is more common among older people who have weak bones. Hip muscles pain is also common among athletes, who tend to overuse their muscles and tendons during intense exercise.
- Other conditions that can cause hip pain symptoms are sciatic nerve compression, herniated discs, and cancer. Hip pain in osteoporosis is common among elderly females.
Hip pain remedies include rest, application of ice packs, and hip pain medications. If your symptoms do not improve, consult a hip pain doctor. Chiropractic also offers an alternative way of treating hip pain. Ask a chiropractor about hip pain solutions and how hip pain exercises can improve your symptoms.
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