Hip Conditions & Treatments
The hip joint is very durable. It is able to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. However, if not taken care of, hip pain is a very common complaint and can cause a lot of issues. Although with age, cartridge can become worn down and damaged when muscles and tendons get overused.
When your age plays a factor in hip pain, it’s important to get an opinion from a hip specialist for the issue to not worsen. For a top-rated orthopedic in the South Florida area call us at 888-409-8006.
When hip pain is experienced this is typically a result of pain on either the inside of the hip or the groin. When the hip pain is on the outside of the hip, under the thigh or the outer buttock, it’s typically an issue with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
There are several factors for the cause of hip pain, sometimes it is caused y disease and conditions in other areas of the body, such as your lower back.
Hip Pain Causes:
When you are experiencing pain in your hip joint itself, pain tends to originate on the inside of your hip or your groin. However, hip pain is coming from the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock it is typically caused by issues with ligaments, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint. It is also common for hip pain to be caused by conditions or diseases in other areas of your body, such as your lower back. When experiencing this type of pain it’s called referred pain.
Common Hip Pain Conditions:
- Arthritis: Two types of arthritis that cause hip pain; Osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. These occur especially in the elderly. When experiencing arthritis of the hip, it leads to inflammation and breakdown of the cartridge. This typically cushions your hip bones. Therefore the breakdown of the cartilage causes discomfort.
- Hip Bursitis: Bursae are sacs of liquid that are found between bone and muscle. They prevent tissues from rubbing together. When your bursae are inflamed it is due to repetitive use. This repetitive use irritates the hip joint.
- Avascular necrosis: When you experience avascular necrosis it is due to the lack of blood supply which causes bone tissue to die. When this occurs, it can lead to small breaks in the bone and eventual collapse. There are many factors to the cause of this such as joint and bone trauma, fatty deposits in the blood vessels or a disease.
Common Hip Pain Injuries:
- Hip fractures: occur more often in elderly people. As we age, our bones become very brittle and weak, therefore leaving us susceptible to a fracture.
- Hip labral Tear: Your labrum cushions your hip joint and acts like a rubber seal to help hold the ball at your thighbone into place securely. This is another injury that is due to overuse and repetitive activities, such as twisting.
- Muscle or tendon strain: is very common in sports players and someone who performs activities repeatedly. When this happens your muscles could become strained and inflamed due to overuse.
Common Hip Pain Treatments
A typical treatment for hip pain includes rest, pain relievers or ice & heat. When conservative options fail, your physician might suggest surgical treatments.
Non-operative Hip Treatments
- Corticosteroid Injection: A cortisone injection may help to relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. This injection typically includes a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic.
- Trigger Point Injection: The trigger point injection (also known as TPI) is used to treat pain in certain areas in the body that contain knots of muscle that form when muscles don’t relax.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): help damaged tissue by stimulating the body to grow new healthy cells and promote healing.
Surgical Hip Procedures
- Total Hip Replacement: is performed by removing the damaged hip and replacing it. The replaced parts are constructed of ceramic, metal and hard plastic. First, the surgeon will then cut through the layers of tissue on your hip. Next, any damaged or diseased bone cartridge is removed. Followed by replacing a prosthetic socket in your pelvic bone. The ball is then placed on top of your femur with a prosthetic one.
- Labral Repair: is done arthroscopically, with a tiny camera and tools. First, the camera and tools are inserted in a small incision. There are two different options depending on the type of tear. First, is to remove the labrum. Second, is to repair it. However, the surgeon will go over anything additional to determine which procedure is best.
- Core Decompression: is performed to remove a part of the inner bone layer. This extra space in the bone will stimulate the production of new healthy tissue. Therefore, relieving pain.
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