Your hips play an integral role in allowing you to enjoy the activities you love. They help you walk, run, and keep your balance.
Bad/painful hips are often the punchline of jokes about old age, but the reality of hip health is that people of all ages and lifestyles can injure their hips. To help you better understand some of the most common hip injuries, we’ve put together this guide including some common symptoms and preventative measures you can take to keep your hip health optimal.
Bursas are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as friction-reducing cushions between soft tissues and bones. Bursitis occurs when the bursa that covers the bony point of the hip bone becomes inflamed. This condition causes pain at the point of the hip and often in the outer thigh.
Warming up before exercise and cooling down afterward is the most effective way to avoid bursitis and other strains affecting the bones, muscles, and ligaments. Making sure to rest following strenuous activity will also help in preventing bursitis.
The hip’s structure is made of two main bones: the ball (femoral head) and the socket (acetabulum). A hip fracture occurs when there is a break found in the upper part of the femur. Some people are more vulnerable to hip fractures than others. Those with osteoporosis, a disease in which bones grow fragile and porous over time, cancer, or stress injuries are more likely to have a hip fracture.
Diagnosing osteoporosis early and being put on proper medication may help prevent a hip fracture. Not-smoking, being active, and eating well are other great preventative measures.
A dislocation occurs when the femur (ball) is forced out of the socket (acetabulum). This is typically caused by an extreme force or collision. Hip dislocations are very serious and require immediate medical attention.
Dislocations are difficult to prevent as they are typically brought on suddenly and without much warning. Be cautious when walking on slippery surfaces and stay aware of your surroundings.
Between the ball and the socket of the hip, there is a ring of cartilage that acts as a cushion. Labral tears occur when there is a tear in this cartilage or protective cushion. This can be caused by repetitive movements, trauma from an accident, and/or certain hip shapes.
Similar to dislocations, labral tears can be difficult to prevent. One of the few and best methods of prevention is proper stretching, warming up before exercising, and the strengthening of the surrounding muscles.
If you are experiencing hip pain, or think you have injured your hip, please contact Dr. Larson’s office at 435-774-8512 or schedule an appointment here.