Hip pain can be the result of several conditions. It can be due to a fracture from a fall or other type of accident. This hip pain means a bone has either been cracked or completely broken. A person should seek medical attention immediately if:
- A fall or other injury triggered the pain.
- A popping noise was heard in the joint when it was injured
- The pain is intense.
- The hip cannot bear weight without pain.
- The leg or hip cannot move without pain
Any of these symptoms could mean there is a fracture or dislocation of the hip. In these cases, medical attention is required to resolve the problem.
Osteoarthritis causes pain in the hip joint. The cartilage in the hip joint is worn down, and the joint no longer moves smoothly. Bone is rubbing against bone which causes swelling and pain. In this case, pain may increase with activity, and reduce the range of motion. If the pain is persistent, a person may develop a limp.
Muscle or tendon strain may have similar symptoms to arthritis, but will resolve quickly. Whether the hip pain is due to muscle strain, ligament strain, osteoarthritis, or tendinitis the course of treatment is the same:
- Use an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or an anti-inflammatory medication such as Aleve or Motrin
- Apply cold packs to the area for 15 minutes a few times a day to relieve the pain.
Also for arthritis, stretching, low-impact exercises, and resistance training improves joint mobility and reduces pain. Swimming is excellent for this. Physical therapy helps to improve the range of motion.
If hip pain becomes chronic and impedes a person’s daily routine then, hip replacement surgery may be discussed. Hip replacement surgery is used as a last resort after all non-surgical options have been exhausted without relief. Thankfully, hip replacement surgery has a very high patient satisfaction record.
If you would like more information on dealing with hip pain, contact Dr. Dan Albright at 919-863-6808.