Common Hip Problems and Tips to Ease Hip Pain

Joints

Human joints can withstand a lot of wear through the years, but injury and diseases can create havoc within the joint. Hip pain can be especially hard because of the mobility issues. Dislocation, fractures and strains can all affect the area. The hip is a ball-in-socket joint that is part of the pelvic bone.

 

Hip Dislocation

Usually caused by a traumatic injury, the ball, or head of the femur bone, is forced out of the hip bone, either forward or backward. The posterior dislocation is the more common of the two, often due to a knee hitting a dashboard during a collision, forcing the femur backwards.

 

Hip Dislocation

 

 

Hip Fracture

Treatment will depend if the break is within the socket or in the upper quarter of the femur. Usually caused by a fall or force against the side of the hip, it can also be more prevalent in those with osteoporosis, cancer or stress injuries which all weaken the bone. If the condition is far advanced, a simple twist could break the femur.

 

Hip Fracture

 

 

Hip Strain

Since the pelvic area anchors several muscles that go down the leg or into the abdomen, a strain to the muscles will result in swelling and loss of strength in the hip. Stretching before exercise helps stop or reduce injury.

 

Advice and Tips

Always see a doctor for hip problems. Many will feel an ache in their hips before a fracture occurs if they have osteoporosis or other illness that is weakening the area. A doctor will determine the strength of the femur and hip socket and diagnosis the root cause. Be careful of twisting your body unexpectedly and take extra precautions not to fall.

When getting ready to exercise be sure to stretch your muscles, and hold the length of the stretch, rather than do quick small stretches. Limbering up the muscles will strengthen and loosen them so injury is not as likely. It is very important that if you have pulled muscles in your groin area that you stop the activity that injured the muscle until a doctor tells you it is okay to resume.

If you have surgery on your hip the hospital staff will have you up and walking the very next day. Rebuilding strength in the muscles will take time and effort, but walking after surgery is part of the process to get a patient fully mobile again.