Hips Don’t Lie – Pay Attention To Them
The hip joint is probably one of the most hard working joints in the body, so it comes as no surprise that it feels the effects of the aging process as keenly as any other.
If you’ve been experiencing pain in your hips, don’t just pop a painkiller and ignore it. It’s better to consult a doctor (especially if the pain is persistent), as it may be indicative of an underlying problem. Here are some common conditions that may be affecting you:
This is hands down, one of the most common afflictions faced by older adults, leading to hip pain. Arthritis causes the cartilage in your hip joint to wear down, thus removing the cushion between your hip bones. If it’s arthritis that’s affecting you, you may also experience stiffness and difficulty in moving your hips.
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Did you know that apart from cartilage, we also have little sacs of fluid between our tissues? These sacs are called “bursae,” and as you may have guessed by now- bursitis is when these sacs become inflamed. This inflammation is what causes you to feel pain. Once again, this is a problem that usually affects the senior citizen age group.
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- Muscle or Tendon Strain:
While older people are more likely to become targets of Arthritis and Bursitis, young to middle-aged people can be susceptible to hip pain, as well. Repeated overuse can put a strain on the muscles, tendons and even the bones of your hips. Athletes, manual labourers and domestic workers may be at risk for muscle or tendon strain.
- Avascular Necrosis:
Chances are, you haven’t heard of this one before. Avascular Necrosis, aka Osteonecrosis, happens when blood flow to a bone is cut off or reduced. Usually seen in those between 30 – 60 years of age, the causes range from joint/ bone trauma (broken bones/ dislocated joints) to excessive steroid and alcohol usage.
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An important point to note is that hip pain need not stay restricted to your hips. Apart from the inside and outside of your hip joint, the effects of hip pain can be felt in your thighs, buttock and groin as well.
If you or someone you know has been experiencing these symptoms, feel free to book an appointment with our ace orthopedic specialists at any time.