Pain – hip
Hip fracturescan cause of sudden hip pain. These injuries can be a serious and lead to major problems. Hip fractures are more common as people get older because falls are more likely and your bones become weaker.
- Infection in the bones or joints (links to osteomyelitis and septic arthritis)
- Osteonecrosis of the hip
Arthritis— often felt in the front part of your thigh or in your groin
- Labral tear of the hip
Pain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems:
- Bursitis — it hurts when you get up from a chair, walk, climb stairs, and drive
Hamstring Iliotibial band syndrome Hip flexor strain
- Hip impingement syndrome
- Groin strain
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Try to avoid activities that make pain worse.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Sleep on the side of your body that does not have pain. Put a pillow between your legs.
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Ask your health care provider for help.
- Try not to stand for long periods of time. If you must stand, do so on a soft, cushioned surface. Stand with an equal amount of weight on each leg.
- Wear flat shoes that are cushioned and comfortable.
For hip pain related to overuse or physical activity:
- Always warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings.
- Avoid running straight down hills. Walk down instead.
- Swim instead of run or bicycle.
- Cut down the amount of exercise you do.
- Run on a smooth, soft surface, such as a track. Avoid running on cement.
- If you have flat feet, try special shoe inserts and arch supports (orthotics).
- Make sure your running shoes are made well, fit well, and have good cushioning.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Go to a hospital or get emergency help if:
- Your hip pain is caused by a serious fall or other injury.
- Your leg is deformed, badly bruised, or bleeding.
- You are unable to move your hip or bear any weight on your leg.
Call your doctor if:
- Your hip is still painful after 1 week of home treatment.
- You also have a
- You have sudden hip pain, plus
sickle cell anemiaor long-term steroid use.
- You have pain in both hips and other joints.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam with careful attention to your hips, thighs, back, and the way you walk. To help diagnose the cause of the problem, your health care provider will ask questions about:
- Where you feel the pain
- When and how the pain started
- Things that make the pain worse
- What you have done to relieve the pain
- Your ability to you walk and support weight
- Other medical problems you have
- Medicines you take
You may need x-rays of your hip or an MRI scan.
Your health care provider may tell you to take a higher dose of over-the-counter medication. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication.
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