Hips are made up of two ball and socket joints that fit together in a way to withstand a lot of wear and tear, with a cushion of cartilage inside that allows for fluid movement. The cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket, but with time tends to wear down or become damaged.
Muscles and tendons attached to the hip may also get torn, stretched or overused. The hip bone itself could also be fractured during a fall or injury. When this happens, individuals might experience serious hip pain, which leads to the inability to walk properly or move freely.
Symptoms of hip pain range from pain in the hip to pain radiating down the thigh to the knee and sometimes as far as the ankle.
Depending on the condition causing your pain, you might even feel discomfort outside of the hip joint, the groin, inside of the hip joint, and thighs.
The causes of hip pain are many, which may also include improper posture while walking. However, some of the most common are:
Until you have found the underlying cause of your pain, long term resolution of symptoms will not be found. Once the diagnosis has been made, relief should in most cases be effective. If your hip pain is caused by arthritis, tendinitis, or muscle/tendon strain, relief can be achieved via over-the-counter prescription medication, such Tylenol or anti-inflammatory drugs like Aleve or Motrin.
Possible treatments with the top pain management doctors in Chicago include cortisone injections, TENS units, and possibly regenerative medicine treatments such as PRP therapy and stem cell procedures.