The hip joint is designed for everyday movement and durability. From gentle walking and swimming to triathlons and marathons, the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint can generally withstand repeated motions. However, as the body gets older or through trauma, hip pain can become a problem for many people.
What are the symptoms of hip pain?
Believe it or not, hip pain can cause discomfort in the following areas of your body:
- Inside or outside of the hip joint
Conditions that can cause of hip pain
Often, hip pain can simply be a temporary issue caused by overdoing it in the gym and will ease up within a matter of days. However, if hip pain persists there could be a specific condition causing the problem. These can include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common causes of hip pain, especially in older people and is an inflammation of the joints caused by the wearing away of cartilage. Without the smooth cushioning cartilage, bone rubs on bone causing swelling, pain and reduction in movement.
- With age, bones can become brittle and weak making it more likely they will break during a fall. Hip fractures are also a common cause of hip pain, especially in the elderly.
- The muscles that enable movement like walking and running are attached to the thigh by tendons. Often, due to overuse, these tendons can become inflamed and sore which is a condition known as tendonitis. This is a common cause of hip pain, often in younger adults.
- Bursitis, a painful condition occurring when bursae (fluid-filled sacs that protect bones, tendons and joint muscles) become inflamed. Inflammation of bursae is often due to repetitive activities.
- Another injury caused by repetitive twisting movements is a hip labral tear where the labrum cartilage, found on the socket of the hip joint, is torn. This injury is common amongst athletes and can lead to severe hip pain.
What treatments are available for hip pain?
If hip pain isn’t too severe or is a simple muscle or tendon strain brought on by rigorous exercise then over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, can help short-term.
For sudden injuries, as a result of a knock or slight injury, cold compresses, ice packs and rest can be suitable for reducing swelling and relieving pain.
However, for ongoing hip pain caused by arthritis, treatment may need to be different. Low-impact sport such as swimming has been found to help sufferers as well as contributing to overall health and wellbeing. Physiotherapy is another non-invasive treatment designed to increase motion range and improve movement of the joints.
For severe arthritis pain, a new technique called Lipogems treatment can provide a long-term pain relief option. Lipogems treatment takes a small amount of existing body fat from a patient’s tummy and is injected directly into the hip joint to provide cushioning where the cartilage is missing. This minimally invasive technique supports the body’s own natural healing process and only takes an hour to be administered with a local anaesthetic.
Lipogems treatment has been approved by the FDA and is recognised as being a great solution for arthritis sufferers with ongoing hip pain.
If you would like to treat your hip pain, or to find out more about Lipogems treatment please contact the Dr Ralph Rogers team on +44 (0)20 7112 5400 or visit the website: https://rrmg.com/