A painful hip is hard to ignore. Not only can it sideline hip pain sufferers from normal daily function and impact recreational activities, but it can also plague sleep or relaxation. Hip pain can be caused by a variety of conditions and injuries. See below for a list of the most common causes of hip pain and a brief description of how it affects the hip.
One of the most common causes of hip pain in adults is osteoarthritis (OA), a disease that tears or wears away the cartilage protecting the hip joint. The rubbing of bone against bone, plus the formation of bone spurs (projections along the edge of a bone) and joint mice (tiny bits of cartilage and bone that break off and remain in the joint), can cause discomfort, swelling and stiffness.
Osteoarthritis can result from injury or aging, combined with other factors such as an inherited or acquired propensity to develop the disease, obesity and diseases that have a secondary, arthritic, effect on the joints.
Arthritis of the hip joint typically causes stiffness and pain, though a sudden onset of an episode can cause swelling and a sensation of warmth in the joint as well. Specific signs to look for:
Each year, Memorial Hermann Joint Center physicians perform more than 3,000 hip and knee joint replacement procedures, more than are performed at any other hospital system in the Greater Houston area.
If you're experiencing symptoms of hip pain and are seeking relief, Memorial Hermann Joint Centers can help. Our orthopedists see patients with everything from minor knee pain that requires rest and self-care, to those with chronic, serious knee pain, requiring a targeting non-surgical or surgical treatment plan.
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