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What Might Be Causing Your Hip Pain

Hip pain can be disabling. If your hip hurts every time you move, you may start limiting your activities and stop getting the regular exercise you need to stay healthy. If your pain isn’t from something obvious like a fall, it’s important to receive the correct diagnosis to ensure proper treatment. If it is from a fall or accident and isn’t getting any better, you need to know why. 

Dr. Daniel Loder, double-board certified physician in pain management ,treats many patients with musculoskeletal pain from a variety of conditions. He gets to the root of your hip pain and provides the relief you need to be able to carry out your daily activities and regain a better quality of life. 

Common causes of chronic or intermittent hip pain

Hip pain can result from numerous causes. The following are some of the more common reasons for chronic hip pain. 

Arthritis

Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic hip pain, and there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of the disease, usually caused by wear-and-tear on the soft tissue in and around the joint. As you age, cartilage that cushions the space between your bones begins to thin, causing friction. Rheumatoid arthritis could also be the culprit; it stems from an autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints, damaging cartilage and bone. 

Bursitis 

You have small pockets of fluid in your hip joint called bursa. They protect your bones from rubbing against muscles and tendons. You have a bursa on the outer part of the femur at the hip and also inside the hip, so you could have pain on the outside of your hip as well as in your groin. 

Bursitis can be a result of posture issues like scoliosis, bone spurs, an overuse injury, or the result of an accident in which your hip was damaged. You may find it hard to get into a comfortable position when trying to sleep. 

Torn labrum 

Your hip joint has protective soft tissue called the labrum that encircles your hip socket. If you play sports, you may have torn your labrum when you twisted your body in an awkward position. If you repeatedly move in a certain way when you play sports or work, overuse may contribute to a tear. 

Another possible reason for a torn labrum: If your legs aren’t the same length, the head of the femur won’t fit into the socket as well as it should. Your pain is likely at the front of the hip and/or the groin. 

Tendonitis 

Most people think of tendonitis as an ailment that affects only your arm or shoulder, but you can also get tendonitis in the hip. You may have caused tiny tears in a muscle or tendon there. Tears can result from an overuse injury if you play sports or if you have a job that involves repetitive movement of the hip. 

Sacroiliac joint pain 

If your chronic pain is not only in the hip, but also moves down the leg, you may have sacroiliac joint pain. You have two sacroiliac joints--one on each side of your lumbar spine that connects it to your pelvis. Arthritis can cause this pain as well as a fall or an accident. Even pregnancy can put stress on the joints and cause undue wear. 

Treatment for hip pain 

After a thorough exam and diagnostic tests, Dr. Loder gets to the root of your hip pain. Many treatments are available. He explains what type of treatment is best for your specific condition. It may be conservative treatment such as an injection or physical therapy, or he may choose an interventional or regenerative medicine option depending on what’s best for you. 

Call Daniel Loder, MD, or book an appointment online today for relief from your musculoskeletal pain. Experience a renewed quality of life.  

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