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The hip is the primary joint where the human leg attaches to the pelvis. Structurally, it is a ball-and-socket style of joint that enables fluid movement and advanced abilities like twisting, pivoting, and walking. The joint itself is encased in ligaments and contains cartilage, which is designed to protect it throughout its daily movement requirements.

In total, there are 21 different muscles that make up the hip region of the body. When hip pain occurs, there are a number of factors or intrinsic conditions that can be responsible for discomfort or limited range of motion.

Usual Pain Symptoms in the Hip

When patients report hip pain or difficulty moving, there are several types of pain that are commonly discussed:

  • A sharp throbbing sensation when moving or at rest.
  • Trouble with putting weight on it without discomfort occurring.
  • Muscle cramps or pains in the adjacent areas to the hip.
  • General soreness or radiating aches.
  • Tightness that makes it hard to walk.

Sources of Hip Discomfort

Here are several conditions that can affect the hip or surrounding areas and cause pain.

Occurs when the hip joint or associated muscles are pushed beyond their normal range of motion.

These conditions result in pain in the hip joint. Repetitive movement over a long duration can cause either condition to occur.

When trauma to the hip region occurs that is strong enough, it can result in a fracture or break.

Presents when bone tissue begins to die due to inadequate blood flow. AVN is a serious condition that can progressively worsen if left untreated.

Occurs when the ball joint of the hip is dislodged from its socket. Dislocation is commonly caused by a specific injury.

When there is a poor interlocking between the ball and socket of the hip, this condition can occur. It’s most commonly seen in men.

Another condition that is caused by an improper fit of the socket and ball in the hip joint. Dysplasia can produce pain and make walking difficult.

When the hip joint experiences abnormal swelling. This condition is also referred to as transient synovitis and is seen in children.

Commonly affects dancers or athletes. As the name suggests, a ‘snap’ noise is sometimes audible with this condition, which then may be followed by sharp pain.


Treatment Available to Manage Hip Pain

To treat pain, it’s important to give your affected hip adequate time to rest and heal. Wearing supportive shoes, applying heat and cold to the hip, and using OTC painkillers can also make it easier to manage the symptoms as you recover.

If you’re noticing that your hip pain still isn’t improving after a mixture of these remedies for an extended period of time, or if a serious injury caused your hip problems, give us a call at Magic Valley Orthopedics. Our team of skilled orthopedists is trained to help diagnose and treat many kinds of hip pain, so you can get back to living well fast.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated providers.