By age 85, as many as 1 in 4 people may develop hip osteoporosis. It doesn’t appear to disproportionately affect one group or another – the risk is the same for:
Are you plagued by hip joint pain? Perhaps you have snapping pain, pain that is worse in the morning but improves during the day, shooting pain, pain with movement, or pain while standing or walking. Hip pain can impede movement, make standing or walking painful, interfere with sleep and generally make your life miserable.
Like all joints, the hip joint is where two bones meet. In the case of the hip joint, which is a ball and socket joint, the thigh bone (femur) connects with the pelvis. It is the largest weight-bearing joint in the body.
The rounded end of the thigh bone (femoral head, or ball) fits tightly into the socket (acetabulum) in the pelvis. The socket is lined with cartilage and lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) which allows the hip a wide range of motion.
Several ligaments attach the thigh bone and femur, providing strength and support to the hip joint. Also holding the hip joint together are tendons and muscles in the buttocks, groin and spine.
A properly functioning hip is necessary for everyday movement such as walking, running and climbing. Hip problems may arise from injury, overuse, bone changes, disease, infection and more. These in turn may lead to hip pain.
Hip pain can arise from various causes, including:
Hip pain isn’t always felt in the hip area. You may feel it in the thigh or groin area. Conversely, pain felt in the hip may be caused by back problems. You will need a diagnosis from your healthcare provider to definitively pinpoint the cause of your pain.
Though it seems counterintuitive, physical activity can bring some welcome relief from hip pain and improve function. Of course, the degree of activity will depend on the particular cause of your hip pain. Consult with a healthcare provider before engaging in any new activity. Some activities that may help include:
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