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Recognizing Hip Pain That Needs Medical Attention

Recognizing Hip Pain That Needs Medical Attention

Hip pain, especially as you get older, can be a fact of life. Around 50% of older adults report dealing with hip pain. Even younger adults may feel hip pain following a workout or after a long day spent on their feet. Sports like basketball and volleyball put extra strain on the hips, and people who are overweight may find that they experience more hip pain overall. 

While certainly uncomfortable, many causes of hip pain can be easily treated with painkillers, rest, and ice. But extended periods of hip pain, or pain that radiates from your hip to other parts of your body, may be a sign that something is amiss. Certain types of hip pain should prompt you to see a doctor. 

Are you dealing with hip pain that doesn't fade or that affects how you walk? If so, come in to see the team at Kai Sports Medicine in Little Silver, New Jersey. Board-certified internal medicine and sports medicine specialist Dr. Zachary Perlman is an expert on pain management and preventive care. 

Here, he details the basics of hip pain, common causes, and when you need to seek medical attention. 

Mechanics of the hip

The hip is the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint, and, as a key cog in activities like walking and running, it’s built to withstand wear-and-tear. However, the hip isn’t indestructible — the cartilage that helps facilitate frictionless hip movement can wear down with age, and the tendons, muscles, and ligaments around the hip can be strained or torn. When this happens, pain occurs. 

Hip pain symptoms

Hip pain can be linked to three main sources. The first is hip pain coming from the joint itself — this typically presents as pain on the inside of your hip or in your groin area. 

Second, pain from the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the joint can spread to your upper thigh, outer hip, and outer buttock. Third, you may experience referred hip pain, which is pain caused by another part of the body that your brain and nerves perceive to be originating in the hip. 

Common causes of hip pain 

Hip pain can come from many causes, but common injuries and conditions that result in hip pain include:

Hip fractures are a leading cause of hip pain and represent a serious injury. If you or a loved one falls and feels persistent sharp pain in the hip accompanied by severe swelling, deformity, or bleeding, head to the emergency room or call 9-1-1. 

When your hip pain needs medical attention

Many cases of hip pain, especially pain from common tears and strains, may be treatable at home. However, there’s a middle ground between mild hip pain that goes away on its own and hip fractures that require immediate emergency care. 

To help you recognize hip pain that needs medical attention, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Perlman if your pain meets any of the following criteria: 

Dr. Perlman can diagnose the source of your pain and get you on the path to recovery. 

Don’t let hip pain keep you from the activities you love. To learn more about your hip pain and the treatments we offer, call 732-369-9765 to book a visit with the Kai Sports Medicine team. You can also request an appointment through this website.

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