Hip Pain

Hip pain or hip joint pain often develops gradually and can be from a number of causes. Labral tears and Osteoarthritis are more common, especially in older athletes who have been highly active in their 20's and 30's. Hip pain in children is often diagnosed as Perthe's disease. Here we list the causes of hip pain.

Hip Flexor Strain

A hip flexor strain causes pain at the front of the hip. The hip flexors are a group of muscles which work to lift the thigh upwards. They also assist in lifting the trunk when in a laying position. The two main muscles in this group are the Iliopsoas and the Rectus Femoris.

Labral Tear - Hip

A labral tear of the hip joint is a tear to the cartilage lining of the hip joint called the acetabulum which acts as cushioning for the joint.

Osteoarthritis - Hip

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition resulting from wear and tear in the hip. We look at symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Synovitis offen occurs in sports people in conjunction with another hip joint injury.

Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis, also known as Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of a bursa or small sack of fluid between tendon and bone which prevents friction. The bursa can become inflamed causing pain in the hip.

The rectus femoris is one of the powerful quadriceps muscles. A rupture of the tendon at the top of the muscle near the hip can result from overuse or explosive loads on the muscle.

Perthes' Disease

Perthes' disease affects children, most commonly aged between four and eight, but can also occasionally occur in younger children and teenagers.

Ilium apopysitis is an overuse injury which occurs in children and adolescents at the front of the pelvis. An apophysis is a area of growth of a bone which also acts as a point for muscles to attach to.

Rectus Femoris Avulsion

A rectus femoris avulsion fracture occurs where a strong contraction of the rectus femoris muscle pulls the tendon and a small piece of bone away from the attachment point.

The rectus femorisis the large quadricep muscle running down the middle of the front of the thigh. Its function is to lift up the knee and straighten the leg.

Hip tendonitis is inflammation of any one of a number of tendons in the hip although degeneration of the tendon is probably a more accurate description.

A hip pointer occurs following an impact to the iliac crest at the top of the hip bone or the greater trochanter or bony protrusion on the outside of the thigh bone.

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

This injury occurs when there is a fracture at the neck or top of the thigh bone. It is more common in boys aged 11 to 16 years old and occurs gradually over a period of time.

Hip Sprain

A hip sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments surrounding the hip joint. This is a rare injury which may occur after a violent force on the leg over-stretches one or more ligaments.

Pelvic Stress Fracture

A pelvic stress fracture is a hairline type fracture in the large pelvis bone. This is due to repetitive impacts or forces, rather than one sudden impact or accident.

Snapping Hip

Snapping hip is a condition often seen in dancers which results in a snapping noise and feeling around the hip joint.

Hip Dislocation

A hip dislocation occurs when the ball shaped head of the femur (thigh bone) moves out of its socket on the pelvis. In most cases, this requires a traumatic force to the thigh bone.

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