The 5 Most Painful Hip Conditions
Like everything in life, pain tends to be relative. A condition or injury that proves excruciating or debilitating for one person may present mild to moderate symptoms in another. For people suffering from hip pain, which is one of the largest and more complex joints, the location and intensity of the pain depends on a number of factors, such as the cause and location of an injury to the hip joint, and on personal factors like age, general health, genetics, and fitness levels. For effective hip treatment, it is crucial to find a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.
Many conditions that may have required invasive surgical hip treatment only several years ago can now be diagnosed and treated with minimally invasive outpatient procedures like hip arthroscopy. With a few small incisions and a surgical arthroscope equipped with a light and a small camera, an orthopedic surgeon can perform a comprehensive joint examination to find the cause of hip pain and mobility problems. Hip arthroscopy can be used to both diagnose and treat common joint problems and is highly effect for hip treatments in Los Angeles.
Common Causes of Acute and Chronic Joint Pain
Arthritis is a category of conditions that cause inflammation, pain, stiffness, and cartilage deterioration in the joints. The most common subtypes of arthritis is a condition called osteoarthritis (OA), which affects millions of Americans each year.
Osteoarthritis results in degeneration and loss of cartilage that protects the gliding surface of bones so that they can move freely without friction and wear within the joint socket. OA can develop naturally with age as a result of normal wear and tear on the hip joint over time, through heredity, or as a side effect of a past traumatic injury in some cases.
Some types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are autoimmune disorders that develop when the body mistakes healthy cells and tissue as foreign and issues an immune response, attacking its own cells. There are different forms of arthritis with a range of causes and symptoms according to the severity of each individual patient. General arthritis symptoms include pain, inflammation, redness, stiffness, and mobility problems to the affected joint. To help protect the joint, it is crucial to receive comprehensive hip treatment, such as hip arthroscopy, from a skilled orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles as soon as possible.
A fractured or broken hip is a serious injury that requires immediate hip treatment in Beverly Hills to prevent serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Older men and women are especially prone to hip fractures as the bones become weakened and more brittle with age, and other factors like balance problems, difficulty walking, and poor vision come into play. The most common source of hip fractures is through trauma from a fall. The most common symptoms include:
- Loss of mobility or inability to put weight on the affected leg following traumatic impact from an accident or fall
- Excruciating pain around the hip or groin area
- Inflammation, stiffness, and bruising
- Leg appears shorter or rotates at an angle inside the hip socket
The hip is a ball and socket joint, which is lined by a layer of protective cartilage known as the labrum. A hip labral tear can cause the ball within the joint socket to slide out of place. Although anyone can suffer from a labral tear inside the joint socket, athletes who perform certain repetitive motions are at a greater risk for this type of injury, such as:
- Ice hockey
Typical labral tear symptoms include pain and stiffness, “clicking” or “locking” in the affected joint and limited range of motion. A minor labral tear can cause significant pain, so it is crucial to seek professional medical advice at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills and to diagnose the tear with a hip arthroscopy and provide comprehensive hip treatment right away.
When the impact caused by trauma or a deformity dislodges a bone from the proper location in the hip socket, it becomes dislocated and requires hip treatment. If the ball in the hip joint slides out from the socket, it will affect mobility and movement in the joint and cause pain until the bones are restored to their proper alignment through skilled hip treatment and care.
The hip contains small fluid filled sacks (similar to vertebral discs in the spine) known as bursae that help to protect the bones in the joint from friction and provide shock absorption. Inflammation of the bursae leads to the condition known as bursitis. Symptoms of iliopsoas bursitis include pain or snapping at the front or side of the joint, tenderness, radiating pain to the knee, lower back, buttocks, and upper quads.
Learn more about bursitis at WebMD.com.
Find an Orthopedic Hip Treatment in Los Angeles
Orthopedic conditions that cause even mild pain can easily interfere with daily life or deter people from enjoying their favorite activities. Fortunately, there are several effective painful hip treatment options available for treating and alleviating painful hip conditions. For more information on minimally invasive options for joint pain diagnosis and treatment, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine by calling (310) 853-1029 to request a consultation with Dr. Meier today.