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The hip is one of the largest joints in your body. Considered a “ball-and-socket joint,” the hip joint consists of the “ball” of your thighbone and the “socket” of your pelvis. There are also tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and other soft tissues in and around this joint.
If any part of the hip is damaged, it can lead to a hip condition or injury, including:
Dignity Health is here to help you find relief from pain and reduced range of motion associated with hip conditions and injuries in the Bay Area. As part of our orthopedic care, we offer trusted physical therapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine at all four of our Bay Area hospitals — Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. To find an orthopedic specialist who is right for you, use our convenient online Find a Doctor tool.
The signs and symptoms you experience from a hip condition or injury depends on the specific problem. Hip pain is a common symptom, which can be sharp, dull, or achy. The pain can spread to the buttocks, thighs, or knees. Other symptoms include decreased range of motion, joint stiffness, and a popping or locking of the joint. If you have fractured or dislocated your hip, the pain may be severe and you may not be able to move or rotate it.
There are several causes of hip conditions and injuries. Trauma is the most common cause of injuries, including fractures, dislocations, and strains. Trauma includes injury from:
Overuse from repetitive motions can cause some hip conditions, such as bursitis. Conditions that cause wear and tear of the joints, such as arthritis, can cause chronic hip joint problems that develop over time.
Hip problems are more likely to occur in people who have osteoporosis, a condition that causes thin, weak bones.
Our expert orthopedic specialists will offer you personalized treatment options based on your specific hip condition or injury, medical history, and risk factors. Many hip conditions and injuries get better with activity changes, rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, and other nonsurgical treatments.
Your Dignity Health doctor may recommend physical therapy to help relieve pain and restore flexibility, strength, and range of motion to your hip. You can also use physical therapy as a strategy to prevent future hip problems.
Hip fractures, and sometime dislocations, usually require surgery to properly treat the injury.
Learn more about your hip treatment options by calling (415) 353-6400 and requesting a doctor referral.
Dignity Health offers personal orthopedic care for a wide range of hip conditions and injuries in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.