Hip pain is a common condition experienced in the United States, especially among populations of people involved in sports and those who are older adults. About 12% to 15% of the general adult population over the age of 60 experiences hip pain. For adults who play sports, it’s estimated that about 30% to 40% of those will develop chronic hip pain.
Hip pain can make a variety of activities harder to perform, such as sitting, standing, walking, running and more. If you’re one of the many who do have pain in one or both hips, you deserve to improve the quality of your life.
The first way you can work toward improving your hip pain is by educating yourself on the risk factors, causes and treatments associated with this condition. Take a look at each of the sections provided below to learn more.
Who Is More Likely to Develop Hip Pain?
There are certain factors that make a person more susceptible to hip pain. Understanding these factors can help reduce the risk of developing this condition and can contribute to the effectiveness of treating it. It may also have the potential to reduce the number of those who suffer from hip pain. Two groups of people who may have a higher likelihood of developing hip pain are:
- Older adults — Older adults have a higher risk of developing hip pain. This is mostly because as we age, we’re more susceptible to conditions such as joint inflammation and bone deterioration.
- Athletes — Athletes are another group of people who are more likely to experience hip pain during their lifetime. Athletes are likely to develop hip pain from overuse or traumatic bone and joint injuries.
This is just a general categorization of the groups of people who are most likely to develop hip pain. Hip pain can affect anyone for any number of reasons. If you’re experiencing hip pain, seeking physical therapy treatment is a great option to improve your quality of life and reduce your symptoms.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain can be attributed to a number of factors. Here are some of the most common:
- Illness or disease — Some types of illness or disease may cause hip pain. This is common in people who have diseases that affect the formation or structure of the bones in the hip.
- Arthritis — Joint inflammation is another potential cause of hip pain. Arthritis in the hip can cause chronic pain in the hips and swelling that decreases the range of motion. Arthritis can occur at any age but is more common in older adults.
- Bursitis — The inflammation of the bursae in the hips is another potential cause of pain in the hips. If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition that affects the sacs in between your joints, this may be the cause of your hip pain.
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and a labral tear — FAI and labral tears are a common cause of hip pain in young athletes and weekend warriors.
- Injuries — Any traumatic injury to the hip or neighboring area may also be the cause of short-term and chronic hip pain.
The causes of hip pain are not limited to this list; rather, these are just a few of the most common causes. If you are experiencing hip pain and do not see the cause of your hip pain listed above, you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to a physical therapist for an expert opinion.
Treatments for Hip Pain
The treatment that works best for your hip pain will depend on your level of pain, its root cause and how long you’re looking for relief. Here are a few different kinds of treatment commonly used to treat hip pain:
- Anti-inflammatory medication — Anti-inflammatory medication may help reduce pain and inflammation in the hips, if only for a short period of time.
- Surgery — Surgery is another potential treatment option for those who are struggling to manage their hip pain. It may help reduce symptoms including pain, depending on the cause of the hip condition. However, surgery may not be the most effective option for every case. Complications are always a risk.
- Physical therapy — Physical therapy is by far one of the more effective and minimally invasive treatment methods for hip pain. Physical therapy uses gentle and consistent exercise to increase range of motion and reduce pain in affected areas of the body.
If you’re not sure which treatment may be right for your unique situation, don’t hesitate to contact our office today to ask questions. You deserve treatment that can improve your quality of life and minimize uncomfortable symptoms.