The hip joint attaches the leg to the body. The hip joint is made up of the head of the thigh bone (femur) swivels in a socket of the hip called the acetabulum, which comes from the pelvis.
Hip pain is common, but is confusing as it has many and varied causes. Some causes of hip pain can arise from the joint itself, there are numerous structures surrounding the hip that can also be the source of pain.
Common problems are:
Arthritis – is one of the most common sites of arthritis is in the hip. Other names are ‘wear-and-tear’ arthritis or degenerative joint disease, as it is caused by progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint, and eventually the bare bone is exposed within the joint.
Who develops hip arthritis?
it most commonly affects those over 50, and is especially common in people who are overweight. There is also a genetic predisposition of this condition, ie if you have a direct family member who had hip arthritis, However other factors such as traumatic injuries to the hip may later cause arthritis.
What are the common symptoms of hip arthritis?
The most common symptoms of hip arthritis are:
The pain with hip arthritis may be in the groin, buttock thigh or may initially present with pan in the knee. However factors that have a bearing on it are: weather changes, such as cold damp weather and level of activity.
Other causes of pain in the hip:
Lumbar pain and sciatic type pain may refer pain into the buttock, and also low back pain. These problems can often be helped by osteopathy, physiotherapy,
Fibromyalgia often gives rise to pain in the hips. This can often be helped by osteopathy and physiotherapy.
Also see Treatment for Hip Pain, Trochanteric Bursitis, Snapping Hip Syndrome, Groin and Hip Strain,
Hip Fractures and Hip Stress Fractures.
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