Hip Pain

Types of Pain

Hip Fractures

More than 300,000 people in the U.S. fracture their hips every year,  those over 65 make up the vast majority of that number. Women experience most hip fractures. Osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones becomes weaker is experienced more often in women and is a factor. The best way to prevent hip fractures is to stay physically active and maintain muscle tone. Surgery is almost always the best hip fracture treatment. The type of surgery generally depends on placement of the fracture, the severity and your age. After the break, if the bone is still aligned, the surgeon may insert metal screws into the bone, this is called internal fixation, this method holds the bones in place while the fracture heals. If the ends of the broken bone have incurred damage or aren't properly aligned, your surgeon may recommend a Total hip replacement. This procedure involves replacing your upper femur and the socket in your pelvic bone with prosthesis.

 

Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanter is the top outside of the thigh bone. Bursitis is inflammation of the Bursa. Bursa is a small jelly-like sac that usually has a small amount of fluid. Bursae are located throughout the body, most importantly around the hip, elbow, shoulder, knee, and heel. They act like a cushion between bones and the soft tissues. Bursae help reduce friction between the muscles and the bone. When Bursae become inflamed they may require a period of rest, NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory medications) and physical therapy. Sometimes, injections of corticosteroids are necessary.

 

Arthritis Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip can be extremely painful. The pain is often described as groin pain. Weight loss, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications are some initial treatments. As this disease progresses injections and even total hip replacement may be required.

 

Labral Tears

Stress fractures and labral tears are two of the most common injuries to the hip. Arthritis can be a cause or it may occur from years of minor injuries to the hip. Rapid hip motion through sudden stops and turns by those who play sports is another cause. A labral tear doesn’t usually cause pain during normal day to day activities. It may be best described as an internal “catching” or pain in the groin area.

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