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Hip Pain
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Hip Pain

Hip Pain
The Hip Joint
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that is surrounded by a thick fluid-filled capsule and connected to many muscles, tendons and ligaments that help you move your hip. Hip pain can happen for many reasons involving any of the components that help make your hip move.
Hip Pain
Pain caused from the hip is not always felt in the hip joint area. You may feel it in your groin, buttock, down the front of your leg, or even in your knee. You might not have any pain at all where your hip is! To confuse things further, pain in your buttocks, hips and legs can also be caused by your lower back and groin pain can be caused by abdominal organs. For an accurate diagnosis, see your physician, who can order imaging tests such as x-rays, CTs or MRIs to better diagnose.
Simple Hip Pain
Simple hip pain is typically caused by overusing it, leading to inflammation of the soft tissues around the hip like tendons and will typically resolve itself within a few days to weeks with rest and gentle exercise. Try not to rest for more than a few days and keep moving by doing your daily activities. Taking some medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, or using a topical painkiller can help with your pain and allow you to move more comfortably. Doing hip strengthening exercises and stretching can also help, but it is recommended that you see a doctor or physiotherapist before beginning them to get the appropriate treatment.
Another common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis. This occurs in most people as they age, but can vary in severity. It may not have any pain associated with it or can be quite debilitating in both pain and movement. Although the initial treatment for osteoarthritis is the same as simple hip pain, if it does become severe then a hip replacement may be necessary.
Hip Fracture:
A hip fracture can occur after an injury such as a fall. It is common in elderly people to break their hip from a fall as their bones are weakened and less dense ( called osteoporosis or osteopenia) leading to increased fragility. If there is severe pain or inability to weight bear after a fall, you should go to the A&E for immediate attention and imaging.
Tips to Improve and Prevent Hip Pain
⦁ Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
⦁ Wear flat shoes (avoid high heels)
⦁ Lose weight to reduce pressure on the joint
⦁ Keep active with low impact exercise such as swimming
⦁ See your physician regularly to ensure your bones are healthy
When to See a Doctor:
⦁ If your hip pain isn’t improving after 2 weeks
⦁ After a fall or injury to your hip
⦁ If you’re feverish and/or lost weight
⦁ If you’re having difficulty with walking or doing your normal daily activities