February 2, 2013

Learning all About Hip Joint Pain Causes

Hip joint pain is quite a prevalent condition if I may refer to it as such, so much so that many people, at least in the North American culture, associate fragile hips with seniors.

As it happens, people are more and more likely to develop various joint pains as they get older, and seeing as how our hips are at the center of the body and are nearly constantly doing some kind of work, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they are commonly the first ones to succumb to a life of wear-and-tear.

The somewhat good news is that just like any other condition, hip joint pain manifests itself as a result of physical events, ones which can be treated, or at least alleviated to some extent.

A Look into the Common Hip Joint Pain Causes


First of all, I feel I have to discuss the most common reason people experience any kind of joint pain in the first place: a lack of cartilage. You see, our bones have a layer of cartilage between them at the joints, a substance which allows our bones to slide against each other without hurting. However, cartilage doesn't exactly grow back, and over time it gets rubbed away. As you can guess, the hip has parts of it inevitably lined with cartilage, and its dissolution is the main reason most people experience joint pains.

Another one of the more common causes of pain is inflammation in the complex structure of the hip. As it happens, there are muscles that surround the hip joint as well as any tendons attached to it. Apart from giving us the ability to move freely, these muscles also serve to keep your joints stable and in place.

In order to help the muscles and tendons smoothly move along the bony surface of the hip, there are these things called bursas, a fancy name for fluid-filled sacs. As you can guess, practically any one of the afore-mentioned things can become inflamed and serve as a source of hip joint pain for you.

The Less Obvious Hip Joint Pain Causes


As it happens, the hip is something we refer to as a spacious structure, meaning that some parts of it have potential to be filled with fluid. There are certain conditions which actually attack this space in the hip, causing it to inflame and for blood as well as other fluids to pour inside of it, stretching what is referred to as the hip capsule, resulting in some intense and long-lasting pains. If this is the source of your pain, you probably don’t need to be told to visit a doctor, because how else would you find out about it?

Finally, it has to be said that there are many cases where the hip joint pain you are experiencing is a symptom of another condition, the source of which may be located in a different place. For instance, if the sciatic nerve in your spine becomes inflamed, it is very possible that a sensation of pain is going to shoot down your hip (and all the way down your leg, possibly).

All in all, I guess what I was driving at is that there are many different possible causes for any hip joint pain you may be experiencing, and it would be best not to place any diagnostic on yourself before visiting a doctor, a course of action which is actually advisable in any hip pain-related circumstance as chances are that you will require some kind of medical treatment for whatever it is you have.




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