Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Millions of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic hip pain. In many cases, hip pain originates with an injury during sports or athletic activity. A new infographic from the Mayo Clinic encourages individuals experiencing hip pain to see a healthcare provider if the pain originated during sports, as the pain may be a sign of a hip joint structural issue.
Fast Facts About Hip Pain From Athletic Activity
- Tears in the labrum, the ring of cartilage where the thigh bone meets the socket, are found in 66% of younger athletes with hip problems.
- These tears may result from bones not fitting together correctly.
- Repairing labrum doesn’t resolve structural issues, so injury may recur if the hip structure isn’t repaired.
What Are the Most Common Underlying Issues?
- Hip Dysplasia: The socket where the end of the thigh bone is seated is too shallow. This allows the hip to slip out of socket more easily, tearing or damaging the labrum. Hip dysplasia is more common among women.
- FAI (Femoroacetabular impingement): The socket is too tight or the bone has irregularities or bumps. When FAI occurs, labrum and cartilage pinched between the tight contact is torn or damaged. FAI can be aggravated by activity.
Treat the Cause – Not Just Symptoms
Think of the cartilage in your hip like a a tire. When the tire’s not properly aligned, it gets uneven wear on one side. In the same way, the cartilage in your hip can be subjected to uneven wear. If the issue is caught early on and repaired, then the cartilage may very well last for years to come. If unchecked, however, the uneven wear in the hip could lead to permanent structural issues as the cartilage continues to wear down. Even if the alignment issue is fixed, the permanently damaged cartilage could cause lasting pain. This is one reason why it’s so important to get hip pain checked out early on.
Treating Hip Pain
Hip pain may be treated through…
- Exercise Therapy: Learn about a few exercise tips for people with hip pain. Proper stretching and exercise may help alleviate some types of hip pain.
- Total Hip Replacement: Sometimes surgery is necessary. Learn more. Total hip replacement surgery is a process in which surgeons replace damaged portions of the hip joint.
Schedule With Dr. Rosemary Buckle
For more information about hip pain and treatment options in Houston, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.