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Signs and symptoms of hip conditions and injuries depend on the specific problem. Pain is a common symptom. It can spread to your thighs, buttocks, or knees. The pain can be sharp, dull, or achy. Other symptoms include joint stiffness, decreased range of motion, and a popping or locking of the joint. For fractures and dislocations, the pain may be very severe and you may not be able to move or rotate your hip.
Causes of hip conditions and injuries also depend on the specific problem. Overuse from repetitive motions can cause hip conditions such as bursitis. Trauma is the usual cause of hip injuries, including dislocations, fractures, and strains. Trauma includes injury from a fall, a direct blow to the hip, sports injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. Chronic problems, such as arthritis, are degenerative conditions of the joint surfaces that develop over time. Osteoporosis — or thin, weak bones — can make hip problems more likely. If your pain is behind the seam of your pants, then this may be a back issue.
Common hip conditions and injuries include:
Hip replacement surgery is very common, especially in older adults. It is a surgical procedure in which the diseased or worn parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with new, artificial parts. The goals of hip replacement surgery include increasing mobility, improving the function of the hip joint, and relieving pain. There are several types of hip replacement surgery, but the traditional posterior approach currently is the most common, noting that the anterior approach is gaining in popularity in recent years.
At Dignity Health, our experienced orthopedic surgeons use hip surgery to repair a hip problem.