According to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 6% of adults experience hip injuries every year. Hip injuries are a common injury in young adults and seniors. For instance, people who participate in sports have an increased risk of hip-related issues because they put more stress on the hips. Elderly individuals and those with higher body weight may also be at greater risk due to weaker muscles or balance issues.
Common Hip Injuries
The hip is one of the most important joints in your body. Without it, many activities we take for granted might not be possible. However, this joint has also been known to become injured and affect our daily lives greatly. Children, teens, and adults who participate in sports run the risk of hip injury due to falls or collisions. Not only them, but even elderly individuals have an increased chance of a broken hip bone. Because their bones are less dense with loose joints that limit the elasticity which is essential for protection against any injury. Even those carrying extra weight are at higher risks than others since pressure can lead to pain not only within the affected area but potentially throughout the other parts of the body such as your legs, and spine.
Hip injuries can lead to further consequences such as sprains or fractures, so it's important to look out for symptoms and take steps to protect your long-term health!
Types of Hip Injuries
Hip Injuries from Falling
Hip dislocations are one of the most common types of injuries. Typically with hip dislocation, the femoral head slips out and rests in an abnormal position within your pelvis socket. Symptoms include pain and mobility issues which may also be accompanied by numbness in foot/ankle areas if there was nerve damage too during impact. The only way to fix this problem is with surgery and/or physical therapy.
2. Hip Fracture
A hip fracture is a break in the long bone of your upper thigh. This often occurs due to falls or impacts, but it can also be caused by degenerative conditions like osteoporosis. Symptoms of a hip fracture include pain around and above the top part of your leg - near where you sit down on a chair (the groin), as well as trouble with moving that leg inward toward yourself ("tucking").
3. Hip Strains
Hip strains are a common injury that can happen without a warning. They often occur due to overuse, stretching the muscle beyond its capability, or suddenly bearing an unexpected weight on it. Symptoms of hip strains include pain, swelling, and loss of strength which may hinder your ability to walk for longer periods of time until you recover from this painful condition.
Hip Injuries from Trauma
Hip bursitis is a condition that causes inflammation of one of the five fluid-filled sacs in your body, which are called "bursae." It usually occurs because the hip has overused or been subjected to trauma. The symptoms can include sharp and intense pain at the start and gradually turns into an ache. These pains will most likely get worse at night, while you're using your hips or after sitting for prolonged periods of time.
2. Hip instability
A traumatic accident or chronic overuse can lead to hip instability. Traumatic injuries may range from a severe dislocation and subtle subluxation (sliding out of place) that most often occur in high-impact events such as car accidents or athletic activities. Moreover, chronic instability is usually due to overuse due to repetitive activities found in most sports, dance, and skating. Doctors usually treat with condition with anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy; however, if the pain continues then arthroscopic measures are suggested.
Hip Disorders in Adults
An osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that can be the result of aging, injury, or obesity. The condition occurs when natural wear-and-tear damages articular cartilage, which normally protects your joints from bones rubbing against each other; this usually leads to discomfort and limited mobility in affected areas. You may experience stiffness as well as bone spurs at more advanced stages if left untreated for an extended period of time.
2. Labral Tear
When the labrum tears, it causes a painful popping sensation and decreased range of motion. The labrum is what “glues” the ball-and-socket joint in order to allow for greater flexibility at this point of contact; when torn or damaged by inflammation, that protection no longer exists and can cause extreme discomfort. Symptoms include sharp pain in either one's groin area or thigh/leg region as well as stiffness throughout these areas - all indicating an injury not worth ignoring any further.
3. Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia is a condition where the hip grows abnormally. It usually starts presenting itself in babies, but people with hip dysplasia may not experience any symptoms until adulthood or later in their senior years. Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in its onset and severity, it can be difficult to know if you have this condition before receiving a diagnosis from your doctor.
Hip pain is a common complaint these days, but it does not have to be. Finding the best way to alleviate symptoms usually involves input from an orthopedic surgeon, especially if there has been an injury. Recovery often requires time, rehabilitation, and patience, which will help you get back on your feet - literally.
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