Fractures are a serious cause of hip pain — but they're not always to blame.
The bone, muscles, tendons and cartilage in our hips can become injured or worn down, causing hip pain. Overuse, sports (such as running) and falls all can result in a hip injury such as a dislocation or other hip pain. Hip fractures — more common as we age, when falls become more likely and our bones become thinner and more brittle — are serious causes of sudden hip pain, but but not all hip pain stems from a fracture, according to the National Library of Medicine.
Here are other possible causes:
- Arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: These conditions cause inflammation in the hip joint and break down the surrounding cartilage, leading to pain often felt in the groin or the front part of the thigh.
- Bursitis: This occurs when the bursae (the fluid-filled sacs that protect tendons and muscles) become inflamed from overuse, leading to pain when standing up, walking, climbing stairs or driving.
- Osteoporosis: This disease, where bones become fragile, can result in a hip fracture from everyday activities, not just a fall.
- Tendinitis: This inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon occurs from strenuous or repetitive activity.
- Strain or sprain
- Osteonecrosis: This bone death from poor blood supply is most common in the hip and shoulder, and often occurs from a trauma such as a dislocation or a disease.
- Sciatica: Hip pain is a symptom of injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower spine.
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