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Types of Hip Pain

Types of Hip Pain



Hip pain can be caused by a variety of factors. Here are some common causes explained in simple terms:

  1. Hip Arthritis: Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints. In the hip joint, it can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving.

  2. Hip Fracture: A hip fracture is a break in the hip bone, usually caused by a fall or other injury. It can cause severe pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the leg.

  3. Hip Bursitis: Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints. In the hip, it can cause pain and swelling in the hip area. E.g. Trochanteric Bursitis

  4. Tendinitis: Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons, which connect muscles to bones. In the hip, it can cause pain and stiffness in the hip joint. E.g. Gluteus Medius Tendinopathty

  5. Muscle Strain: A muscle strain is a tear in a muscle or tendon. In the hip, it can cause pain and difficulty moving the leg.

  6. Hip Labral Tear: The labrum is a piece of cartilage that helps hold the hip joint together. A tear in the labrum can cause pain, stiffness, and a feeling of instability in the hip joint.

  7. Osteonecrosis: Osteonecrosis, also known as avascular necrosis, is a condition that occurs when bone tissue dies due to a lack of blood supply. This can lead to pain, limited range of motion, and in severe cases, collapse of the affected bone. It commonly affects the hip joint, but can also occur in other bones. Osteonecrosis can be caused by various factors, such as trauma, long-term use of corticosteroids, and certain medical conditions.

  8. Piriformis Syndrome: Piriformis syndrome is a condition where the piriformis muscle in the buttocks irritates or compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks and legs. It can be caused by overuse, injury, or compression of the muscle, and is often seen in athletes and people who sit for long periods of time.

  9. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition that occurs when there is abnormal contact between the bones of the hip joint, specifically the femur and the acetabulum. This can cause pain and limited range of motion in the hip, and if left untreated, can lead to hip arthritis. FAI can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, repetitive motions, or structural abnormalities in the bones of the hip.


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Cliff Russell, Registered Osteopath

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Author: Cliff Russell - Registered Osteopath

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