What Causes Hip Pain?

Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. In fact, you may not feel pain from your hip directly over the hip area. Instead, you might feel it in your groin or pain in your thigh or knee. However, hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip, such as:


• Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs after bone cartilage is worn away or damaged and hip bones no longer move smoothly. Osteoarthritis is common in those over 50. It causes pain in the groin area and the front side of the thighs. However, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that causes pain and stiffness and is usually worse after activity. Due to friction, swelling, and stiffening, the hip joint may become deformed. In severe cases, however, a total hip replacement is required.


Hip Fracture

Those suffering from osteoporosis, especially the elderly, fracture their hips often. In fact, a hip fracture is a common occurrence during simple daily activities. Surgery is required for a hip fracture.


• Muscle strains, tendonitis, or bursitis

Overusing the hip muscles can result in small tears. Although strains can happen in the lower back after quick turning, twisting, or pulling. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to hip bones and joints. Inflammation of the tendons occurs from frequent strenuous activity. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. And bursitis is the painful inflammation of these sacs.


Inflammatory Conditions 

There are many inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica. Early diagnosis of inflammatory diseases is vital. Considering some conditions are treatable and can prevent more severe complications.


• Infection or malignancy

Acute infections need urgent diagnosis and care. Considering, they can cause joint destruction. In fact, they can cause an overabundance of harmful bacteria and toxins if left untreated.

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