Hip Joint Pain
Hip joint pain can be so painful that it can scare people to death. It is a very usual problem but can transform into a dilemma, if handled carelessly. It is very common and has different causes and symptoms. The reason is, in most cases it is not diagnosed at its earlier stage. This article will be really helpful in creating awareness among the people about causes, symptoms and treatment of the disease.
Let us start with a brief introduction of the hip joint so you can have a better understanding of the thigh malfunctions in process. The largest joint in the human body is hip joint. It supports the maximum amount of body weight. Hips have a socket and joint within our body that attaches the legs with the remaining chassis of the body. The hip joint connects with a socket in which femur hinges, called the acetabulum in biological terms. This structure is made up of the pelvic bones and there are various small structures, lubricants and ligaments that hold that joint in the socket. Any problem in these structures or the hip joint itself can cause pain in the hip, knees or other places on your body.
After having a clear understanding of the basic framework of the hip joint, you may want to know the causes and reasons of different problems which can arise. Being the largest joint of the skeletal framework, it has to support the maximum load of the body. It is the first joint at risk of any injury and fracture. The cause of pain in the hip joint might be due to problems in supporting structures surrounding that joint. The hip joint has a limited space for lubricating the joint and the lubricating fluid helps a joint swing easily in the socket. Due to any injury, excess fluid or blood can start filling that space. This results in inflammation and the stretching of the whole joint capsule and causes hip joint pain.
Another main cause of aches in the hip joint can be the wearing out of the surrounding cartilages. Aging causes the fluid to be squeezed out from the capsule and enhances the friction between the socket and joint bones, wearing away the cartilage bones. Other important structures surrounding the hip joint are the muscles and ligaments. These muscles are actually a thick band of tissues surrounding the joint in form of a capsule. Their function is to maintain the stability of the joint during the body movement. There are sacs filled with fluid to rollover muscles and tendons for easy movement. Any inflammation in these sacs can be the reason of pain in that area called hip joint.
There are several other reasons causing this pain in the hip joint. Last but not the least could be the inflammation of nerves. It’s not always the case that your hip itself is aching – the reason could be the working out of hip’s framework .The problem could be elsewhere in the body but the pain is referred into your hip joint. For example, sciatic nerve arises from spinal cord and any damage in that nerve can cause hip pain in the joint. Inguinal hernia also causes pain in the hip joint. There are various causes of joint pain in that area, therefore it is very important to know the right reason for your pain for early diagnosis.
How do you know that the pain is arising exactly due to injury in the hip joint? This is usually the most difficult part to describe. May be you are just complaining about a knee pain but the reason is may be elsewhere in the hip. There are different symptoms with which you can diagnose hip joint pain. You may feel this pain as a groin pain in front of hips or on posterior side at your buttocks. Believe it or not, many different symptoms can appear for the malfunctioning of a hip joint.
Even knee pain could be the result of damage in the hip joint. An injury due to a sudden trauma, like falling down, or a blow or twist to the knee can be clear symptoms of a hip injury. A minor pain that becomes worse due to carelessness could result in the inflammation of the joint. Mostly this pain is felt in the front portion of hips, like groin areas. The pelvic structure is three dimensional so you can feel pain on the side and buttocks also. Other symptoms could be pain due to limping, a bone fracture, or worst of all due to arthritis.
One my wonder when to seek help about this type of disease? The sooner the better is the winning formula. People only seek medical help when the hip joint pain gets unbearable and resists the movement of the lower body. If your pain is coming and going, you must consult a medical practitioner for an early diagnosis. The diagnosis has three main phases; Medical history, physical examination, imaging and blood tests. Medical history is very necessary for extracting the main cause and root of the problem. The physical examination caters any visible damage in your hips or knees and the imaging includes X-rays and different scanning mechanisms for witnessing internal fractures.
The treatment simply depends on the result of diagnosis. The treatment not only includes the medication or surgery but it also requires proper exercises and physiotherapy treatments. This is because the basic goal is to bring the patient back to its original functioning. There are some basic home remedies for this kind of pain. For immediate relief as the pain starts, one can have icing as home remedy. Other homely basic medications like naproxen and ibuprofen can be taken for immediate relief but is aware that they have their potential side effects. The basic home remedy is to take rest as much as possible and do basic stretch exercises for basic movement so that the joints not get jammed at a place.
The conclusion of all the information mentioned in this post about hip joint pain is that your body should be well cared for like a machine. If you maintain a proper Body Mass Index and avoid obesity you can significantly lower the chances of this discomfort. A good diet rich in iron and calcium strengthen your skeletal framework too. If you have pain in your hip joint, carelessness for your body is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Be aware of your body and seek immediate medical care for even the slightest on and off pain in hips. This will lead to the early diagnosis and early treatment of any underlying disease.