What’s Causing My Chronic Hip Pain?

Chronic Hip Pain

Are you suffering from persistent hip pain? Chronic hip pain can be debilitating. It can have a negative impact on your daily life as well as your overall well-being. Understanding the underlying cause of the hip pain is crucial for applying effective management and pain relief. Below, we explore some of the most common hip pain causes and how hip pain can be managed.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of hip pain. This is particularly true for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that occurs when the cushion at the end of the bones wears down resulting in pain and stiffness of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can result in inflammation and damage of the lining in the joints. Either of these conditions can result in persistent and severe hip pain.

2. Bursitis

The bursae are the small fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushion between the joints. Bursitis is a condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the bursae. When this occurs in the hips it can result in swelling and pain. Patients suffer limited range of motion. This condition can have various causes. It often occurs in people that engage in repetitive activities or activities that place prolonged pressure on the hip.

3. Labral Tear

The hip labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the hop and provides cushioning for the hip joint. This tissue also helps to hold the thigh bone in place within the hip socket. Labral tears can occur for a wide range of reasons including repetitive motions, structural abnormalities and injuries. When these tears occur they can result in persistent hip pain. You may also experience a feeling of catching or locking of the joint.

4. Hip impingement

This is also referred to as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). It occurs when there is abnormal contact between the socket of the hip joint and the ball of the thigh bone. This condition results in pain and stiffness. It can also result in damage to the joint. This contributes to chronic pain.

5. Tendonitis, muscle strain

Tendonitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the tendons. This results in pain in the joints. When it occurs in the hip, it results in hip pain. Muscle strains in the muscles surrounding the hip, such as those in the back and in the groin can also result in hip pain. Muscle strains and tendonitis may occur as a result of overuse, sudden movements or inadequate warm-up prior strenuous activity.

6. Avascular necrosis

Avascular necrosis is a condition that occurs when the blood supply to the hip joint is disrupted. This leads to the death of bone tissue. This can result in pain, stiffness and the eventual collapse of the joint. This condition can result from steroid use, alcohol abuse or trauma.

7. Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint does not develop properly. The condition can lead to instability of the joint. It can also result in uneven wear and tear of the joint. As this deterioration occurs, the patient suffers chronic pain.

8. Non-hip causes

There are times when hip pain is not caused by problems originating from the hip. For example, hip pain may be the result of referred pain from disorders affecting the spine or pelvis. Identifying these causes is vital for managing hip pain.

Relief for Your Chronic Hip Pain

Do you have hip pain? Are you wondering ‘what’s causing pain in my hip’? You can get answers to your questions by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Chris Boone, M.D, an experienced and skilled hip pain specialist in Bellevue. We will identify the cause of your discomfort and work to provide you with relief.

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