Hip & Groin Pain
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Hip & Groin Pain
- Groin strain - A groin strain is a tear of one of the adductor muscles on the inner thigh. It is usually caused by overstretching to one side or a forceful kicking motion.
- Gilmore's groin - Gilmore's groin is a condition where the groin muscles and lower abdominal muscles are damaged. It is common in football players and may cause pain on coughing/sneezing
- Groin inflammation - Groin inflammation feels a lot like a groin strain but develops gradually with no sudden onset of pain. It is caused by repeated overuse.
- Osteitis pubis - Osteitis Pubis, also known now as Pubic Bone Stress Injury results in groin pain originating from the pubic bones at the front of the pelvis.
- Inguinal hernia - An inguinal hernia is found in the lower abdomen just above the groin. It occurs when some of the internal tissues bulge through a gap in the abdominal wall.
- Femoral hernia - A femoral hernia is found in the lower abdomen just above the groin. It occurs when some of the internal tissues bulge through a gap in the abdominal wall.
- Perthe's disease - Perthe's disease is a condition which affects children. There is a disruption of the blood flow to the head of the femur (thigh bone) in the hip.
- Labral tear - The labrum is a ring of cartilage which surrounds the socket of the hip joint. This can be torn through traumatic accidents and falls, twisting the hip violently whilst weight bearing and also through degeneration.
- Iliopsoas Bursitis - The ilipsoas bursa is a sack of fluid found at the front of the hip joint. Bursitis is an inflammation of this bursa which devlops gradually through repetitive rubbing of the overlying tendon.
- Hip flexor strain - A hip flexor strain is a tear of one of the two muscles at the front of the hip which lift the leg upwards. The strain occurs as a result of a forceful contraction or overstretching of the muscle.
- Hip dislocation - A dislocation of the hip joint is a severe injury caused by a massive trauma to the joint. They most often happen through car accidents and falls.
- Hip pointer - A hip pointer is an injury caused by an impact to either the iliac crest at the front of the hip or the greater trochanter of the femur, on the side. They usually occur in contact sports or from falls.
- Snapping hip - A snapping hip is a condition often seen in dancers where a snapping noise is heard or felt on the outer hip. Pain is not always present.
- Osteoarthritis - Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by wear of the cartilage in the hip joint. It develops gradually, causing an aching pain in the joint which may radiate into the groin or buttocks.
- Ilium apophysitis - Ilium apophysitis is a condition seen in children and adolescents at the front of the hip. It is caused by the hip flexor muscles pulling on the still soft bony attachment.
- Rectus femoris avulsion fracture - The Rectus Femoris muscle attaches to the hip bone at the front. An avulsion fracture occurs when a strong contraction pulls the tendon and a section of bone away from it's attachment point.
- Rectus femoris tendon inflammation - The Rectus Femoris muscle attaches to the hip bone at the front. Inflammation can occur due to repetitive movements such as running or kicking.
- Synovitis - Synovitis is an inflammatory condition of the synovial membrane which surrounds the joint. It may develop due to another condition such as arthritis, or may develop of its own accord.
- Piriformis syndrome - Piriformis syndrome produces sciatic symptoms such as pain down the leg. It is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle deep in the buttocks called piriformis.
- Bruised buttocks - The buttocks, or glute muscles may become bruised as a result of a fall onto them, or a hard impact.
- Hamstring avulsion fracture - All three hamstring muscles attach to the base of the pelvis. An avulsion fracture occurs from a strong contraction, where the tendon pulls a small piece of bone away.
- Myofascial pain in the buttock muscles - Myofascial pain occurs in the buttocks due to overuse and often postural problems. Myofascial means muscles and fascia. There are often trigger points (sometimes called knots) in the gluteus muscles.
- ischiogluteal bursitis - The ischiogluteal bursa is a sack of fluid which lies between the ischium (sitting bones at the base of the pelvis) and the hamstring tendons. Inflammation may develop as a response to repeated friction.
- Tendonitis of the hamstrin origin - The hamstring origin is the point at which the three hamstring muscles attach into the pelvis. This tendon can be felt in the crease of the buttocks. Tendonitis here develops gradually and may radiate pain into the hamstrings.