HIP PAIN EXPERT
There are many causes of hip pain. The hip joint along with the knee joint bears the most weight in the body and is therefore critical to a person's mobility. Some of the most common reasons people have hip pain are listed below.
Hip Arthritis: Hip arthritis is a chronic problem that commonly occurs as people age. Arthritis is essentially the wearing out of the joint over time, and when it is severe it can become "bone-on-bone" (see xray below, no space between the ball and socket remaining). It can be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, cortisone injections, exercises, weight loss, use of a cane, and total hip replacement surgery as the last option when conservative measures have failed. Although nobody wants to have surgery, fortunately anterior total hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine.
Labrum Tears & Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI): The labrum is a cushion structure inside the socket of the hip joint (similar to the meniscus of the knee joint). Patients can get a labral tear after an injury, or sometimes because of abnormal hip alignment. Labral tears and femoracetabular impingement often go together and can lead to hip arthritis later in life. Depending on the patient these problems can be treated with hip arthroscopy surgery when nonoperative treatments fail to resolve the problem.
Hip Bursitis: Hip bursitis is a common cause of hip pain and is usually located on the side of the hip. It often hurts if the patient tries to sleep on the affected hip at night. Hip bursitis rarely requires surgery and should be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, injections, exercises, and rest.