Updated: Feb 15
Do you have pain in your hips? As with several other types of chronic pains, women are more inclined to experience hip pain than men. But because hip pain can have a variety of different reasons behind it, determining the proper one is the key to getting the most efficient treatment.
The Diagnosis: Is It Your Hip?
When you tell your physical therapist or doctor that your hip hurts, the first thing he/she should do is reassure that your hip is actually the problem. Some women may say they have hip pain, but what they may really be meaning to say is that they have pain in the side of their upper buttock or upper thigh, or they may also be experiencing lower back pain. Hip pain is generally felt on the outside of the hip directly above the hip joint (a ball-and-socket joint) is located or in the groin area.
Reasons For Hip Pain in Women
When a female patient comes to 1 Health Medical Centre complaining of hip pain, the doctor considers the patient's build, age, and activity level. If the patient were to be a thin 20-year-old runner, or a sedentary and heavy-built 80-year-old grandmother, the possibilities at the top of the list would vary.
Some of the most common reasons for hip pain in women are:
Hip fractures: Hip fractures is something that is common in older women, particularly those with osteoporosis ( bone density has alarmingly decreased). Symptoms of a hip fracture involve pain when you lift, straighten, or stand on your legs. Also, the toes on your injured side will begin to appear to be turning out, a sign that can help in preliminary diagnosis done by your doctor.
Arthritis: Chronic hip pain in women is generally due to arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, the continuous wear-and-tear kind which affects many individuals as they start ageing. The ball-and-socket joint starts wearing out. Arthritis pain is generally felt in the groin or in the front of your thigh, because of swelling or stiffness in the joint.
Hernia: In the femoral, groin area, and inguinal hernias — sometimes also known as sports hernias — can result in anterior (frontal) hip pain in women. Pregnant women can be vulnerable to inguinal hernias as a result of the added pressure on the walls of their abdomen.
Tendinitis and bursitis: Many tendons in the hip region connect the muscles with the joint. These tendons can effortlessly become inflamed if you tend to overuse them or take part in strenuous activities. One of the most frequent causes of tendinitis at the hip joint, particularly in runners, is called iliotibial band syndrome — the iliotibial band is the thick span of tissue which runs from the outer rim of your pelvis to the outside of your knee.
Gynaecological and back issues: According to research, hip pain in women can also have gynaecological reasons. It’s critical not to just assume that the pain may be caused by bursitis, arthritis, or tendinitis. Based on your age and other related health issues, the pain in your hip could also be coming from some other system.
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue that is similar to the uterus lining tissue grows outside the uterus, can lead to pelvic tenderness, which a few women describe as hip pain. According to experts, pain from the spine and back can also be felt around the hip and buttocks. A pinched nerve, Sciatica, typically affects only one side of the body and can lead to pain in the back of the left or right hip — the pain from sciatica can begin in your lower back and later travel down to your buttocks and legs.
Treatment Options for Hip Pain
The treatment for hip pain is generally dependent on the diagnosis, but pain that's caused due to sports or overuse injuries is often treated with rest, heat, and other anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication. To prevent injuries, it is crucial to stretch before starting to exercise and also wear appropriate clothing, particularly good shoes when running.
If particular activities, or overuse is causing hip pain, talk to our doctor at 1 Health, and in the meantime stop those activities that aggravate the discomfort. Additional weight can put extra pressure on the hip joint, so losing the extra pounds can provide relief and also help you avoid future health issues.
Some other causes of hip pain, such as sports injuries in athletes, fractures, or hernias, may require surgical repairs. If your hip pain persists, talk to our expert Orthopedic Surgeon at 1 Health Medical Centre and get to know more about the possible causes and treatments that's readily available.
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