What are the Signs of Hip Pain? Hip pain is normally experienced in the front or groin area, which may cause a prominent limp, called a Trendelenburg gait. You may also experience stiffness more than pain, which can make it difficult to put on shoes or socks.
What Are Common Causes of Hip Pain?
Pain medication use, symptoms of depression, and skeletal muscle weakness of the fractured leg can all cause moderate to severe hip pain. A pinched Sciatica nerve can also lead to hip pain.
When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, the pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Additionally, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a swelling that can eventually result in deformity and hip pain.
Who is at Risk of Developing Hip Pain?
Athletes are at higher risk of hip injury, since they are prone to long hours of muscle tearing. Bursitis is a common injury among athletes caused by unusual intense exercise. Elderly individuals are also at risk due to their weaker and fragile bones.
Further, children with cerebral palsy are more prone to the development of hip problems because of abnormal mechanical forces in the hip and growth.
Can Workouts Cause Pain in Hips?
Researchers from the University of British Columbia reported that physical activity is a risk factor for hip pain in young and middle-aged persons. High-intensity interval workouts such as weightlifting and crossfit can put more stress on the soft tissues and joints, resulting in hip impingement (increased friction during hip movements).
Pain Relief Treatments
Early pain relief treatment is important and involves an exercise program to maintain range of motion, hip muscle strength, and a healthy body weight. For some, treatment for hip pain involves hip surgery to repair a fracture or to resurface or replace the hip joint. These surgeries require a time of recovery and rehabilitation for the best outcome. If pain relievers, rest, and ice or heat (depending on the nature of the injury) does not solve your pain, it is best to seek our help. We can diagnose and treat the specific source of the pain accordingly.
If you or a loved one are looking for non-surgical treatment for hip pain in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading or any nearby area, call us today at (717) 652-5550 to schedule a free consultation.