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:

  • Buttocks
  • Groin
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • 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:

  1. Rheumatoid
    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

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:

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