While many think of only older people having hip injuries, hip conditions can actually affect individuals of all ages. Children, teens and young adults who are active in sports are all especially susceptible to hip injuries.
Because bone density decreases with age, senior citizens are more prone to injuries due to falls. Jobs that require carrying heavy weight can also greatly impact the hip.
Pain from hip injuries can actually be felt elsewhere, such as the leg, sciatica, groin and/or spine. The most common types of hip injuries are:
- Dislocation—Hip dislocations occur when the head of the femur slips out of the pelvis socket. This happens most often because of trauma or an accident.
- Fracture—These involve a break in the upper quarter of the femur bone. Hip fractures usually require surgery.
- Strains—Hip strains involve a stretched or torn ligament in the muscle, often due to overuse or trauma, such as a fall.
- Bursitis—This occurs when the small fluid-filled sac that cushions bones becomes inflamed. Symptoms include sharp pain that turns into a dull ache.
- Osteoarthritis—This common condition occurs when natural wear-and-tear damages the cartilage in the hip joint. Symptoms may include painful mobility and stiffness.
If you experience pain or decreased mobility due to a hip injury, call Bone & Joint Center today.