The hip is made up of a “ball-and-socket” joint. The “ball” of the thighbone fits snugly into the “socket” of the pelvis. The hip joint also includes other structures, such as ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and other soft tissues. When one or more of these areas is damaged, it can result in a hip injury or condition.
Some of the most common hip injuries and conditions include:
If you would like to learn more about treatment for a hip injury in Southern California, request a consultation with a hip doctor at Dignity Health Southern California using our online Find a Doctor tool. We’ll address your unique needs and find the right treatment for you.
Symptoms of Hip Injury
The main symptom of hip conditions and injuries is hip pain. Discomfort can also occur in the thighs, buttocks, or knees. The pain may be dull and achy or sharp and sudden.
Other hip injury symptoms include:
- Difficulty with full range of motion
- Joint stiffness
- Popping or locking of the joint
- Severe pain and disability (with a fractured or dislocated hip)
If symptoms of a hip condition are interfering with your daily activities, speak with an experienced orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health Southern California.
You can find quality orthopedic care at these hospitals:
Causes of Hip Injury
Most hip injuries are the result of some type of trauma, including dislocations, strains, and fractures. Traumatic events can be caused by falls, direct blows to the hip, motor vehicle accidents, or sports injuries.
Chronic hip conditions, such as arthritis, are caused by gradual wear and tear on the surface of the hip joint. A condition like osteoporosis (thin, weak bones) can increase the likelihood of hip problems. Other conditions, like bursitis, are caused by repetitive motions.
Treatment of a Hip Injury at Dignity Health Southern California
Treatment for hip conditions and injuries will depend on the type and extent of your hip problem. When you meet with a doctor at Dignity Health Southern California, he or she will review your medical history and risk factors to determine the best course of therapy or treatment.
In many cases, nonsurgical treatment is effective. This includes rest, modifying activities, and using anti-inflammatory medicines. If you have significant pain, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to alleviate discomfort, restore range of motion, and improve flexibility in your hip. More advanced hip conditions and injuries, such as fractures and dislocations, may require hip surgery to repair the joint. Talk to your doctor about your options today.
Dignity Health offers a wide array of nonsurgical therapies and minimally invasive treatments for hip injuries in Southern California.