Hip pain can cause restless nights, trouble sitting at your desk, and interruptions to your daily activities. You may be desperate for some relief, and identifying where the pain is coming from and why is essential. If you would like to learn more about some possible explanations, please keep reading.
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Why Do I Have Hip Pain?
There are a lot of possible explanations as to why your hips are hurting. Here are some of the most common reasons. Please keep reading to learn when you should seek medical care and what you can do to try and relieve the pain.
You have cartilage surrounding your hip socket that keeps your thighbone in place, and this cartilage can tear. Labral tears are often seen in athletes and dancers. When you have a labral tear, you can experience hip pain, groin pain, limited mobility, clicking, or locking.
Pain from a labral tear will not go away on its own, and you may require surgery to repair the damage.
A sports injury affecting the hip region can make you think something is wrong with your hip. However, pulled muscles and soft tissue injuries in the groin area can cause you to feel like your pain is originating from your hip.
The treatment for this primarily relies on getting enough rest, and surgery could be the answer if the injury is bad enough.
Pregnancy can cause your hip joints to become loose and shift out of place. Your growing body already has lots of aches and pains, and hip pain can disrupt your sleep and cause discomfort.
You can focus on stretching and strengthening your stabilizing muscles to ease this pain. Staying active and retaining flexibility can help a lot with the discomfort of being pregnant.
The tendons surrounding your hip flexors can be prone to tendonitis if you are very active. This is an over-use injury, and repeat activities where you make the same move over and over can cause tendonitis in your hips.
Tendonitis can be treated with rest, ice packs, OTC anti-inflammatories, and, sometimes, a cortisone injection. Cortisone can reduce inflammation.
If your hip pain comes from the outside of your leg and buttock, it could be bursitis. Bursitis is inflammation of the sacs that protect your muscles and tendons from rubbing against your hip bone.
Bursitis is common in people over the age of 60.
Bursitis and tendonitis are treated very similarly.
When to See a Doctor for Hip Pain
You should see a doctor when you are not finding relief with any at-home care such as hot baths, stretching, and OTC pain killers.
You may need to see a doctor to diagnose a condition requiring medical intervention.
When you cannot find answers for relief on your own, reach out to a doctor for help.
How to Relieve Your Hip Pain
Maintaining a healthy weight can take care of many aches and pains you may experience. Keeping a healthy exercise and stretching regimen can also help reduce pain in your body.
Working with a physical therapist to learn about the exercises that are safe for you can ensure that you are helping, not hurting yourself with exercise.
Getting regular physicals can also help you manage your pain.
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