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The hip is one of the most important joints in the body and allows us to walk, run, and jump while bearing the body's weight. Because the hip is such a fundamental part of the body, it is especially prone to injury. Hip problems can arise regardless of age, and they can result from a variety of circumstances, including sports injuries, degenerative disease, and other genetic and environmental causes.
Some hip injuries can be successfully treated with rehabilitation exercises. Other injuries may require an injection or surgery to correct. You can learn more about our non-surgical and surgical hip procedures here.
The first step in your diagnosis is scheduling an appointment with an expert physician at Resurgens Orthopaedics. No two injuries are alike, so we carefully review your symptoms with you and help determine your best course of treatment. To learn more about the common hip conditions and injuries that we treat, follow the links below to view our educational videos.
Types of Hip Injuries and Conditions
Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of The Hip
Avascular Necrosis - or AVN - of the hip is a condition that occurs when a bone's normal blood supply is disrupted. This causes the affected bone cell to die, and the dead bone subsequently weakens, leading to arthritis. It most commonly affects the head of the femur, but can also affect other bones in the body.
Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)
Trochanteric Bursitis - often called bursitis of the hip - is irritation or swelling of the trochanteric bursa. The trochanteric bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac found on the outside of your femur. It acts as a cushion for a thick tendon in your leg. Risk factors include repetitive stress, spine disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone spurs, and other conditions.
Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hip (Osteoarthritis of the Hip)
Degenerative joint disease of the hip (Osteoarthritis of the Hip) is often called "wear-and-tear" arthritis. The condition is due to a wearing away of cartilage in the joint. It can occur anywhere in the body but often develops in weight-bearing joints like the hip. The condition can develop because of trauma, infection, age, or autoimmune disorders.
Femoroacetabular Impingement FAI
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition in which extra bone matter grows along one or both of the bones that form the hip joint, giving the bones an irregular shape. FAI limits the joint's normal range of motion.
Hamstring injuries involve the three powerful muscles that travel along the back of your thigh. These muscles help bend your knee and extend your legs. Subsequently, they handle high loads of stress. When they are damaged from stretching and tearing this is called "muscle strain." Strains are common among runners, dancers, and athletes who play sports that require sudden starts and stops.
Labral tears of the hip
Labral tears of the hip can interfere with normal motion of the hip joint. The labrum is a thick cuff of fibrous tissue that lines the hip socket. It provides a cushion for the joint and allows the bone to glide within the socket.
Snapping hip syndrome
Snapping hip syndrome refers to the sensation of snapping or catching in the hip. The sensation occurs when a muscle or tendon moves over a bony protrusion in your hip. People involved with sports that incorporate repeated bending are more likely to experience snapping hip. Dancers and young athletes are particularly susceptible to this condition. In most cases, it is not harmful or painful.
A sports hernia is a strain or tear of soft issue. It often involves the muscles and tendons that travel from your lower abdomen to your pubic bone. Because it does not create a bulge in your skin, it can be a difficult injury to diagnose. It most often occurs in athletes who play sports that require sudden changes of direction, or intense twisting movements.