If you’re experiencing hip pain, it can be a very concerning and debilitating feeling. You may feel it as a dull pain that is constant, or as a shooting pain when you go to straighten your leg. The reason for your hip pain will often depend upon whether you have suffered an injury, or are experiencing a condition like osteoarthritis.
Because of its location on your body – and the size of the joint, the largest ball and socket joint in your body –issues arising with the mobility of your hip are common as you age. Your hip may see its fair share of wear and tear, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with the pain. Talk to a specialist about seeking answers and treatment.
You might find that your pain radiates through your thighs, the inside of your hip joint, or even in your groin. Of course, there’s the possibility that your hip pain may just be radiating near your hip and might not be your hip at all, but we’ll get to that later. So, what could be the cause of your hip pain?
Common among older adults, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are leading culprits of pain in your hip. Why? Basically, they are to blame for the breaking down of the cartilage that keeps your hips in tip-top shape. Arthritis also causes inflammation that can make flexibility and mobility more difficult and painful.
If your hip pain only occurs during sudden movements like when you straighten or lift your leg, a small fracture could be behind it. If you recently suffered an accident or a fall and suspect a fracture could be to blame, speak to a doctor immediately about your options.
Tendonitis can occur when the tendons around your muscles and joint become aggravated. They can tighten and become inflamed, causing pain. Considering how tendons play a huge role in your mobility, pain can be difficult to ignore.
Your hip pain might not be in your hip at all! A hernia could also cause your pain and it would just radiate near your hip. These can occur in your groin or belly, and the fatty tissue that is breaking through your connective tissue may bring on the pain. Seek medical care immediately if you suspect this might be the case.
If you are experiencing hip pain, consult an orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Hefley and his team. We’re here to help discuss opportunities to help alleviate your hip pain. With offices in Little Rock and North Little Rock, as well as onsite MRI and physical therapy, we are here to make this process as easy as possible. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 336-2412 or request your appointment online.