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How is the hip joint structured?
To better understand hip pain, it’s helpful to step back and take a look at what makes up these large joints. Your hips are ball-and-socket joints where two bones come together — your femur and your acetabulum, which is the socket that accommodates the femoral head.
A group of ligaments tethers your femur to your socket to stabilize the joint and form a joint capsule, which is lined by a membrane called your synovium. Your hip also contains bursae sacs, which provide cushioning within the joint and reduce friction.
Helping support your hips are groups of muscles and tendons, as well as cartilage, which facilitate movement.
What are the most common causes of hip pain?
The most common causes of hip pain include:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage in your hips begins to break down, leaving your bones to rub together, creating pain and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder, can attack your synovium, which also leads to pain and inflammation.
Ball-and-socket joints are more susceptible to dislocation, and your hips are no different. If the femoral head is forced out of the socket, it’s considered dislocated. While temporary, hip dislocations can cause ongoing pain as the joint is more prone to the problem.
If the fluid-filled bursae sacs that cushion the tendons, bones, and muscles in your hip become inflamed, it can lead to considerable issues with pain.
Hip fractures are fairly common among those who are losing bone density, often due to osteoporosis.
Whatever the cause of your hip pain, the good news is that there are solutions at FIX Medical Group.
How is hip pain treated?
If you’re struggling with hip pain, the team at FIX Medical Group offers several effective solutions, which include:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Dry needling
- Ozone therapy
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Active release technique (ART®)
- Chiropractic care
Often, the team uses a combination of these noninvasive therapies to bring you relief and restore your mobility.
The team may also recommend at-home care to help with your hip pain, including:
- At-home exercises
- Weight loss recommendations, if applicable
- Activity restrictions to rest your hip
- Hot and cold therapies
For experienced management of your hip pain, call FIX Medical Group or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.