Hip pain can be a chronic and painful deterrent to being active in your daily life. It limits your ability to comfortably walk, sit, or perform daily tasks. Hip pain is commonly misrepresented as low back pain, buttocks pain or groin pain. Pain related to the hip joint, may present pain in the buttocks, pelvis, groin or upper leg. A thorough examination with a trained physician should offer clear indications of hip involvement, but some times there is an overlap of contributing sources and the diagnosis can difficult to come to with certainty. The evaluation should begin with a physical examination, then diagnostic imaging.
What is Hip Pain?
The hip’s ball-and-socket joint is the largest in the body, and is designed to withstand its repeated fluid motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. However, with age and use, the hip’s cartilage can become damaged or worn down, causing hip pain. Most people feel hip pain on the outside of their hip, upper thigh, outer buttock, or groin, and is caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissue surrounding the hip joint. Diseases or other conditions, such as lower back pain could also be causing hip pain.
Hip Pain Causes
Hip Pain can be caused by a sudden injury, such as falling, overuse such as running, or by an underlying condition, such as arthritis. Symptoms of hip injuries can include aching pain, stiffness, and “clicking” with certain movements. Regardless of where your hip pain originated from, don’t let it derail your active lifestyle.
Other causes of hip pain include:
- Hip bone injuries, such as a break from a fall
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip fractures
- Herniated disc
Hip Pain Symptoms
People who have hip pain report feeling stiffness, limping – or not being able to put their full weight on their damaged hip, as well as decreased mobility. The symptoms can vary, depending on the cause; however, some common hip pain symptoms include:
- Aching, tenderness or a burning feeling
- Discomfort in the thigh, inside of hip joint, groin, outside of hip joint, buttocks
- Unable to bend your hip or walk properly
- Experience hip pain at night or while resting
Currently, the most common treatment for hip pain is physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, joint lubricant injections, hip resurfacing or in extreme cases hip replacement surgery, which can take weeks of therapy to recover from. However, regenerative medicine is an emerging field, which offers a non-surgical options that, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), stem cell based products, exosomes, and injections to reduce pain, improve function and expedite recovery.