The hip joint is the body's largest ball and socket joint, and it allows the thigh to move in different directions. The hip joint also allows the hips to support the body's weight. Inside of the hip joint is cartilage, a tough but flexible substance that lines all skeletal joints. The hip joint is housed within a capsule containing lubricating fluid that allows the hip to move smoothly. The ligaments are there to keep the ball of the a joint from slipping out of the socket. The hip joint, like all joints of the body, are designed for repetitive motion and to hopefully survive a lifetime of wear and tear. However, as durable as they are, hip joints aren't indestructible.
An injury or a hip disorder can affect any of the hip joint's components, resulting in hip pain. Likewise, with use the cartilage in the hip joint can become worn down. It can also be damaged. The muscles and tendons in the hip can suffer from overuse, or the hip bone itself can be fractured in a fall or suffer some other form of injury. Such injuries will invariably lead to some level of hip pain.
There are a host of medical conditions that can cause hip pain as well, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which are the most common causes of hip pain in the elderly. Bursitis, tendinitis, some forms of cancer, and vascular necrosis, which is also called osteonecrosis, can all be causes of hip pain as well. Nerve irritation from the spine too can cause hip pain, as can tears to the labrum, the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint.
Diagnosing and then recommending an appropriate treatment for hip pain can be difficult because there are so many potential causes. To be affective, any treatment recommended for hip pain needs to be directed at the underlying cause. Therefore anyone suffering from hip pain should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment.
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Referral to one of our Australia-wide health practitioners for investigations. A posture examination may show up a muscle imbalance where a reflex foot custom orthotic may be appropriate.