Hip Pain: Diagnosing, Treating, and Relieving

Diagnosing Hip PainThe hip is a unique joint in that it allows an enormous range of motion while still providing stability. Often times, hip pain is misconstrued as buttock or low back pain. As we age, the hip is a joint that is more prone to degeneration. Hip joint replacement is a common surgery which has promising outcomes for those who need it; however, before moving forward with this decision, conservative care is recommended and can assist relieving the pain. Even in cases when surgery is necessary, conservative care can often buy some time.

Some hip conditions that have been shown to respond to conservative care include the following:

  • Femoroacetabular Impingement: Sharp pain when squatting, running, stopping, changing direction
  • Labral Tears: Night pain with limp in groin, clicking and  giving way of the hip
  • Subtrochanteric Bursitis: Pain on the lateral hip, usually worse when lying on that hip
  • Iliopectineal/ Iliopsoas Burstitis: Severe anterior hip pain often provoked by hip flexion
  • Ischial Bursitis: pain in the buttock after being seated for a long period of time
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome: Snapping of the hip usually with movement
  • Osteoarthritis: Reduced range of motion with some pain
  • Adductor Sprain: Usually athlete, reports sudden pulling sensation in the groin
  • Hamstring Strain: Sudden pull or pop at the back of the thigh following forceful extension
  • Quadriceps Strain: Sudden pull or pop on the anterior thigh after attempt to sprint
  • Meralgia Paresthetica: Numbness and tingling lateral thigh
  • Sciatica: Posterior hip pain radiating to the thigh and calf

Another common hip issue is fracture. Hip fractures usually occur because the patient loses balance and falls. This lack of balance is often a result of a diminished range of motion along with reduced strength and stability caused by aging. As you age, you tend to move less. This is ironic because older people have more time to exercise and maintain their health. There are a few recommended exercises and stretches that can be performed to assist in increasing range of motion, stability, and decreasing falls.

Tell Us About Your Hip Pain

If you’d like to learn more about maintaining hip health as you age, or if you have any questions about hip health and hip pain in general, contact us at 515-276-8326 or at drvosberg@teamchirodm.com