Hip pain is one of the chronic pain conditions that can make you feel as if you’re aging. While hip replacements and hip problems are common after retirement, they should not be a reason to slow you down or limit your activity. Most causes of hip pain are easily treatable if you go to a pain specialist.
Below are the five most common causes of hip pain and how you can prevent or treat them.
There are a variety of arthritis conditions that affect the hip joints, but they all cause pain, stiffness, and mobility issues if they become advanced. Like most arthritis conditions, treatments include physical therapy, injections and medications, and occasionally surgical intervention if other treatments are not manageable. PPOA offers a variety of treatment options as arthritis specialists and can help you avoid long-term reliance on pain medication.
Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease that causes the bones to become fragile and brittle due to aging. Osteoporosis can become so severe that even bending over or a minor fall can cause fractures, leading to strict limitations on lifestyle. Osteoporosis commonly leads to hip fractures and should be treated by a physician to avoid serious complications.
Pinched nerves occur when a bone, tendon, or muscle puts pressure on a nerve, causing pain, tingling, and loss of mobility in the joint. Pinched nerves are a common cause of hip pain and make it very difficult to walk or move without shooting pain. Pinched nerves can be treated surgically for long-lasting relief, so if you suspect you may have one, contact your local PPOA clinic to receive a diagnosis.
Sprains and Other Injuries
Hips, like any other joint, can sprain or overextend, causing ongoing pain. This can happen during exercise, during a fall, or simply due to overuse. Sprains are a common cause of hip pain in younger adults and should be checked out to ensure they heal properly.
Tendinitis, like arthritis, is an inflammatory disease that affects the tendons that keep the bones together and in place. Tendinitis causes similar symptoms to arthritis, including tingling, numbness, pain, and swelling in certain areas. There are a variety of treatments for tendinitis ranging from OTC pain medication to surgical intervention. Talk to your PPOA physician to determine which treatment option is best for you.
PPOA takes hip pain very seriously, significantly if symptoms worsen. Talk to your local clinic today to learn more about your options and how PPOA can help you.