Hip Pain Conditions
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What causes hip pain? It is common among older people due to arthritis, but it can occur in anyone at any age due to bone or tissue disease or injury to the hip or other areas of the body.
Symptoms of Hip Conditions
Hip pain can be felt on the inside of the hip where it feels deep inside the groin. However, it can also be felt on the:
- outside of the hip,
- upper thigh,
- outer buttocks,
- hip area but also affects nerves running down the leg.
A person’s activities may cause the hip pain too. For example, jogging may result in joint overuse and lead to a medical condition like bursitis. The symptom is a dull ache, popping sensation on the outside of the hip and/or a burning feeling. The pain in hip can make it difficult to walk or enjoy normal activities, like sports or dancing. It is important to not ignore the pain and not to let the condition worsen.
Pinpointing the Source of Hip Pain
Common causes of pain in hip are arthritis or injuries. However, there are many other conditions that can cause hip pain, including bone cancer, infection and, as mentioned, joint overuse.
Hip pain can be caused by problems with hip:
- Surrounding joint tissues.
When to See a Doctor
Hip pain can be temporary when it is the result of a minor injury or strain due to over-exertion. In these cases, taking an over-the-counter NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug), naproxen or ibuprofen could ease swelling and pain. Ice packs held against the hip several times a day and rest may help. Applying a warm pack is another option, depending on what is causing the pain.
If the pain is intense and unrelenting, it is important to see a doctor. Other symptoms or circumstances indicating a need to get medical help include:
- hip pain that comes on suddenly;
- hip joint makes a cracking or popping noise after an injury;
- cracking or popping noise in joints happen more frequently;
- inability to move the hip or raise the leg;
- hip joint develops a deformity;
- inability to put weight on the hip;
- hip pain develops due to an injury and pain continues when it should be improving;
- hip pain is accompanied by leg pain;
- weakness in the hip and leg when trying to stand up or walk.
One of the important points to keep in mind is that hip pain is treatable.