Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball of your thighbone fits securely into the socket of your pelvis. There are also ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and other soft tissues in and around the joint. The hip is one of the largest joints in your body. It bears your body weight and supports all kinds of movements.
Hip Injury Causes
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.
Common hip conditions and injuries include:
- Fractures and breaks
Hip Injury Symptoms
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.
Hip Injury Treatment & Prevention at Dignity Health
Your specific hip condition or injury will determine the treatment and prevention options our professionals suggest. We will also consider your medical history and risk factors for future problems.
Many hip conditions and injuries respond well to:
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Modifying activities
Physical therapy can help relieve pain and restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion to your hip. Hip fractures, and sometimes dislocations, usually require surgeryto properly treat the injury.
All six of our hospital provide the latest in orthopedic procedures. If hip replacement is necessary for your injury, our program was the first in the Sacramento region to achieve the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. We are also participants in both California and American Joint Replacement Registries.
Reach out to the trusted orthopedics team at Dignity Health today.
Dignity Health provides treatment for a wide array of hip injuries in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.
Take the Next Step
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort ithat is limiting your ability to function normally, the orthopedic specialists at Dignity Health provide expert care. Call our physician referral line at (916) 851-2511 or complete this form to receive recommendations for an orthopedic specialist.