6 Conditions That Can Lead to Hip Pain

6 Conditions That Can Lead to Hip Pain

You play a game of pickleball or go for a run, and one or both of your hip joints are aching due to the effort. Or, perhaps you’re losing sleep at night because every time you roll onto your side, your hip objects to the pressure. 

Dealing with nagging hip pain can be frustrating, as no position or movement is comfortable, and you just want to find some relief. Well, you’re in the right place. The team here at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management not only focuses on spine issues but your major joints, too, including your all-important hips.

Below, we dive into a few hip conditions that can develop over time and how we can get you moving again without pain.

1. Hip osteoarthritis

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common, affecting more than 32.5 million American adults, though this number is likely on the low side.

OA is known as a degenerative form of arthritis that’s directly tied to wear and tear. Over time, the protective cartilage inside your joint breaks down. This can lead to more friction between your bones, loose fragments within your joint, and the creation of bone spurs as your body tries to protect itself.

What you’re left with is pain and inflammation in your hip joints, especially after activity.

2. Hip bursitis

Your hip joints feature two sets of bursa sacs, small fluid-filled sacs that prevent friction between the hard and soft tissues inside the joints. There are two on the outside of your hip that cover the bony points — your greater trochanters — as well as two in your groin area — your iliopsoas bursae.

If any of these sacs become inflamed, you can feel pain, either on the outside of your hip or in your groin.

3. Hip labral tear

Your hips are large ball-and-socket joints that feature seals around the socket portions that keep the heads of your femur in place. If there’s a tear in this cartilage seal, which is called the labrum, it can lead to hip pain when you walk, as well as a clicking or popping sensation inside the joint.

4. Hip flexor strain

If you strain the muscles that stretch from your thigh to your hip on the front side — your hip flexors — you can experience hip pain, stiffness, tightness, and difficulty walking.

5. Iliotibial band syndrome

About 12% of running injuries are attributed to iliotibial band syndrome (IBS). Your iliotibial band is a group of tough tissues that stretch from the outside of your hip down to the outside of your knee and shin. If you overstress these tissues, you can be left with moderate hip and/or knee pain, as well as a snapping or popping sensation in your knee.

6. Hip dislocation

This is one source of hip pain that’s very hard to ignore as it’s incredibly painful. As the name suggests, with a hip dislocation, the ball comes out of the socket. When this occurs, you won’t be able to walk on the affected leg. This condition typically occurs due to an injury, though it can also occur after hip replacement surgery.

Getting relief from your hip pain

If you’re struggling with hip pain, our first order of business is to figure out what’s behind the issue. Once we diagnose your hip issue, our priorities are to relieve your pain and solve the underlying issue as best we can. 

In most cases, we turn to a combination of interventional therapies, including:

To figure out which approach is going to work best for your hip pain, please contact one of our offices in Staten Island or Hartsdale, New York, to sit down with one of our joint health experts.

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