Being one of the largest bones in the body, the hip is responsible for walking, and pain due to hip problems could be one of the worst dilemmas. A great number of people around the world undergo hip replacement every year. This is, in most cases, associated with the wear and tear of the cartilage, which is known to cushion the hip joint and at times ends up being worn out.
There are more than a few reasons why one would want to avoid hip problems at all costs. People who have reached the age of 50 may experience some degree of hip damage, and many of these people resort to taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen. If taken for a long time, such drugs carry the risk of causing gastrointestinal bleeding and causing ulcers. They may also increase the risk of heart disease.
Finding The Cause For Pain In The Hip
To a doctor, there are two main reasons for hip pains. Firstly, whenever a patient describes pain in the hip, it may involve pain in the:
Outside of the hip
Inside of the hip
…The pain may sometimes radiate down the leg as well
Oftentimes, patients who complain of hip problems may have issues that are orthopaedic in nature. However, they may also be suffering from hernias, infections of the urinary tract or even other issues that would need to be diagnosed and managed by specialists. To decide whether your hip pain or other hip issues are part of an orthopedic problem, it would be important to first have a clear understanding of the common as well as the less common orthopedic pathologies surrounding the hip. What should follow is a series of examinations directed at pinpointing the problem.
Determining whether the pain in the hip is caused by a local problem is a significant part of any patient’s orthopaedic examination. The local pain may be originating from multiple structures that are around the actual hip joint from the pelvis to the proximal thigh or to a different area such as the lower back.
The best way of classifying the pain in your hip is to first consider your age. This should be followed by a secondary classification, which is the actual location of the pain such as the groin, buttocks, lower back or the thigh. By a doctor, this can be ascertained by directly questioning the patient. The patient may be able to identify when the pain gets worse; for instance, when the pain happens as a result of arthritis, it would get worse when carrying out an activity. The pain may cause reduced range of motion and to another extent, it may cause a limp due to the area of the pain.
To relieve pain in the hip, first consider some of the causes and these are:
Hip fractures, which may cause sudden pain
bone or joint infections
Osteonecrosis of the hip
Arthritis (pain is felt in the groin area)
Depending on whether the hip pain is being caused by either a tendon or muscle strain, tendonitis or osteoarthritis, several methods may be applied to relieve the pain, such as the following non-surgical methods:
Surgery is also something the doctor may recommend, but usually only if your pain is being caused by arthritis, and these surgical methods include:
Osteotomy: the thighbone head or the socket is cut and realigned
Hip resurfacing: a metal shell is used to replace the damaged bone and cartilage
Total hip replacement: new metal is positioned in place of both or one of the hip bones
…The femoral head may also be replaced. This restores the function of the hip.
In all cases, severe pain in the hip, pain which causes you to limp or pain that lasts for an extended period of time should be reported to your doctor.