5 of the Most Common Hip Issues

07 March, 2019
Despite being a joint that bears more weight than almost any other, many of us don't stop and think about the importance of our hips. Learn more about them in this article.

You could say that your hips are one of the most forgotten parts of your body when it comes to your health. Many people are not even aware of all the different hip issues they can experience throughout their life.

As your hips are a joint, their main function lies in the union and support of one or more bones. Their objective is to keep the sacrum, ilium, and femur in place.

Hip pain

Your hips

Their location between your torso and lower extremities explains how important they are in your body in general. They don’t just support your body, they also stand out for the wide range of movement it allows.

Your hips bend, rotate and act like a giant hinge.

When it comes to their physiological structure, they encompass another very important part: the coxofemoral joint (where the head of the femur connects with the hip).

Despite being one of the strongest joints of your body, your hips are sensitive to different factors that can lead to many kinds of problems over time.

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The most common hip issues

They’re very stable, but your hips may have certain problems. Some of them have a name that reflects the area they happen in, and others are more complicated to treat.

Here, we’ll talk about the most common problems.

1. Pubalgia

Woman with hip issues

This is also known as a sports hernia. It consists of an injury to the muscles in the pubic area.

Pubalgia almost always refers to an episode of chronic inflammation.

The muscles that are most often affected are the abdominal and adductor muscles.

2. Osteoarthritis

Being a very solid and important joint, your hips are greatly affected by this painful, bothersome problem.

Changes in the joint cartilage are usually the main cause.

  • Unfortunately, osteoarthritis in general tends to be a degenerative disease.
  • Therefore, immobilization of the affected happens quickly.

3. Osteogenesis imperfecta

Hip joint

This illness is often called “brittle bone disease.”

  • It affects all bone tissue in your body, including, of course, your hips.
  • It is a congenital or genetic disorder.

Since this is an area of your body that is most likely to suffer direct trauma, osteogenesis imperfecta is often linked to your hips.

4. Avascular necrosis of the femoral head

Necrosis refers to the death of a tissue. When it comes to your hip, it describes damage to the femoral head.

This kind of situation occurs due to insufficient blood flow. On top of that, if it’s not caught or corrected on time, it will gradually turn chronic.

The most common cause is a femoral fracture at the height of the epicondyle. This tends to break or compress blood vessels. In either case, it may lead to necrosis.

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5. Femoroacetabular impingement

Hip joint issues

Finally, there’s femoroacetabular impingement. This does not allow normal range of motion in the hip socket. Thus, the rubbing is constant and painful.

The origin of this disorder, specific to the hips, is completely unknown to this day. It may affect the femur and acetabulum.

The pain is almost unbearable and happens when the femoral condyle rubs improperly in the hip socket.

While anyone may develop this problem, young people and athletes are most likely to. In general, doctors tend to associate it with arthritis and consider it one of its main causes.

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