Middlesex Orthopedic & Spine Associates is now in Newington! Schedule an appointment today. Physical therapy is now available on Saturdays from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm at 430 Saybrook Road in Middletown and in Marlborough on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Where It Hurts: My Hip

The hip is a ball and socket joint and the largest joint in your body, when your hip hurts, it can be exceptionally painful. Pain from the hip is usually felt deep in the front or over the outside of the hip. Pain in the buttock or back of the hip is usually related to the low back. With age or injury, the cartilage that protects your hip joint can start to erode, causing pain. Hips are also vulnerable to fractures and other injuries, especially from falls or athletic overuse. Learn more about conditions that cause hip pain and how the hip experts at Middlesex Orthopedic & Spine Associates can help.

Common Hip Injuries and Conditions

We see people with all types of hip pain. The most common injuries and conditions we treat are:

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) is one of the biggest causes of hip pain, most common in people age 45+ or those with a family history. The pain tends to flare with activity and get better with rest. As the cartilage wears away, the body forms bone spurs causing hip stiffness and reduced range of motion.
  • Bursitis: Bursitis causes pain and inflammation on the outside of your hip joint. It often happens because of repetitive use. The main symptom is pain on the outside of your thigh, which can start out as sharp and intense, eventually turning into a dull ache.
  • Hip fracture: Hip fractures usually happen near the top of the thighbone, where it angles into the socket. Broken hips often require surgery. Older people, especially women with osteoporosis, are at the most at risk for hip fractures.
  • Hip impingement: Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) can cause a lot of pain in the groin, especially during sports activities. It’s most common in young athletes, and is sometimes related to how their bones have developed. There have been advancements in treatment for FAI that preserve the hip.
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome: Your IT band runs from your hip to your shinbone. When it repeatedly rubs against your hip and knee bones, it can get inflamed, causing pain. This usually happens because of overuse and gets better with rest.
  • Osteonecrosis: Also called avascular necrosis, this condition happens due to blood flow issues to the ball of your hip joint. It can lead to arthritis and cause your hip joint to collapse. It usually starts with a dull ache or throbbing pain in the side of the hip or groin.
  • Sprains and strains: The soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) around your hips and thighs can get strained or overstretched. This usually happens because of a fall or other sudden movement. A sprain or a strain can cause loss of mobility, but usually gets better with rest.

We see people with all types of hip pain. The most common injuries and conditions we treat are:

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) is one of the biggest causes of hip pain, most common in people age 45+ or those with a family history. The pain tends to flare with activity and get better with rest. As the cartilage wears away, the body forms bone spurs causing hip stiffness and reduced range of motion.
  • Bursitis: Bursitis causes pain and inflammation on the outside of your hip joint. It often happens because of repetitive use. The main symptom is pain on the outside of your thigh, which can start out as sharp and intense, eventually turning into a dull ache.
  • Hip fracture: Hip fractures usually happen near the top of the thighbone, where it angles into the socket. Broken hips often require surgery. Older people, especially women with osteoporosis, are at the most at risk for hip fractures.
  • Hip impingement: Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) can cause a lot of pain in the groin, especially during sports activities. It’s most common in young athletes, and is sometimes related to how their bones have developed. There have been advancements in treatment for FAI that preserve the hip.
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome: Your IT band runs from your hip to your shinbone. When it repeatedly rubs against your hip and knee bones, it can get inflamed, causing pain. This usually happens because of overuse and gets better with rest.
  • Osteonecrosis: Also called avascular necrosis, this condition happens due to blood flow issues to the ball of your hip joint. It can lead to arthritis and cause your hip joint to collapse. It usually starts with a dull ache or throbbing pain in the side of the hip or groin.
  • Sprains and strains: The soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) around your hips and thighs can get strained or overstretched. This usually happens because of a fall or other sudden movement. A sprain or a strain can cause loss of mobility, but usually gets better with rest.

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