Hip pain can be caused by many things and is pretty common in the general population, however it becomes much more pronounced through overuse or in the aging process. It is a pain radiating from the hip joint, which involves the junction of two bones: the Femur (thighbone) and the pelvis (which includes the ilium, ischium, and pubis). The head of the femur inserts into the acetabulum socket of the hip, so the pain can often radiate to the groin, low back, down the thigh, or even to the knee and be misconstrued as a knee issue. It can involve the bones, nerves, tendons, muscles,
Common symptoms can include a dull ache (ranging from mild discomfort to more intense pain) that is intermittent or consistent, tenderness, stiffness, and limping. The type of pain or sensations resulting from the affected hip will depend on what exactly is the root cause of the discomfort. There are many causes of hip pain, ranging from minor to more serious issues, as well as plenty of treatments to help. Consulting your physician can help find the cause and come up with a plan of action to hopefully alleviate the pain. It is especially important to seek advice or help as soon as possible. Hip pain can lead to a limited range of motion or mobility, difficulty walking or exercising, it can lead to troublesome sleep, and lead to a poor quality of life.