The most common cause of hip damage is overuse, either by walking, running or playing different sports (football, rugby, hockey, etc...). The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for both stability and a considerable range of motion. Together with the pelvis, the hip functions to transfer the weight of the body to the lower limbs for functional weight bearing and locomotive tasks. Besides muscles and ligaments, there are a number of tendons and bursae that surround the hip and they are susceptible to over-use injury and inflammatory change.
Symptoms of Hip Pain
Pain and injury from the hip can be felt commonly in the groin, outer and back of thigh region, knee and buttock. Symptoms may also radiate down the lower leg to the ankle. Because the Lumbar spine can also give present symptoms in the same regions, a careful assessment and history is needed to determine the cause.
At CTCLINIC.CO.UK we have dealt with many misdiagnosed cases, including:
- Hip fractures – acute and stress
- Tendonitis – adductor, hamstring, gluteal, rectus
- Labral tears
- Bursitis – trochanteric, psoas, and ischial
- Avascular necrosis
- Nerve entrapment
- Snapping hip