Hip injuries can happen to anyone — fit athletes and older, frailer people alike, causing severe disability and discomfort. If you’ve injured your hip playing sports or in a fall, the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, can help. They have considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating the causes of these problems and excel in carrying out hip replacements when required. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.
Mishaps like falls and trips or being in an auto accident can cause hip injuries. Playing sports is another common cause. Contact sports and extreme sports are especially likely to cause hip injuries.
You can also injure your hip if you have a condition like osteoporosis that weakens your bones. If you have osteoporosis, then just moving the wrong way can cause fractures. Another way to get hip injuries is if you overuse the joints, which can lead to inflammation and chronic pain.
Hip injuries can affect any of the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that make up your hip joint. Injury to the hip joint itself tends to cause pain on the inside of the hip, near or in the groin area. Injuries to tendons and ligaments tend to cause pain in your buttock or the outside of your hip and leg.
The most frequently occurring hip injuries are:
Bursitis is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs called bursae that help protect your joints. Synovitis is an inflammation of the synovial membrane that lines the hip socket. These injuries are typically a result of overuse or repetitive action.
Fractures are breaks in the bone. Dislocation occurs when the ball-shaped top of your thigh bone (femur) comes away from the socket (acetabulum) in your pelvis. These hip injuries are usually a result of major trauma like a car accident, or a sports injury.
The labrum is a ring of cartilage that lines the hip socket and helps keep the ball on top of the femur in place. A traumatic injury like a dislocation can tear the labrum and lead to joint instability.
Strained tendons and sprained ligaments from falls and sporting injuries can cause pain and difficulty in moving. Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons that typically develops because of overuse.
Pinched nerves can also cause hip pain. A typical example of this is sciatica, which causes low back, hip, and leg pain. It stems from pressure on the sciatic nerve that exits the lower spine and branches into two, with one branch traveling down each leg through the buttock and hip.
Treatment for your hip injury varies depending on the cause. A mild muscle strain might just need rest and hot and cold treatments, and use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
Many soft tissue injuries respond well to physical therapies, and Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has its own fully equipped physical therapy facility on site. The physical therapy team can provide a comprehensive program of treatments to help you recover from hip injuries, including massage therapy and stretching exercises.
You might require surgery if your hip injury is severe. This could involve minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery that uses a camera on a flexible tube to view and treat joint injuries.
If you have a hip injury, call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.