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Hip pain is a very common cause of lost time in sports, and it can also interfere with one’s daily activities—including work! So, what are some of the more common injuries of the hip?
MUSCLE STRAINS: This is probably the most common injury to the hip and groin because of the weight-bearing “job” the hips have when running, cutting, jumping, climbing, twisting, etc. Strains occur more often with “eccentric” muscle contractions (when the muscle lengthens) vs. when the muscle shortens. Examples of eccentric muscle contractions include the lowering of a weight during a biceps curl, running DOWN a hill or steps, or lowering a bar to the chest in a bench press.
BURSITIS: A bursa is a fluid-filled sac located where muscles attach to bone to help lubricate muscles and tendons as they slide back and forth on each other during activity. We have bursae in several joints but especially in the hip, shoulder, elbow, and knee. Injury to the bursa can be the result of overuse, trauma, or post-surgical complication.
CONTUSIONS: A direct blow to the hip and/or pelvis can bruise the area, which is called a “contusion.” This is a common cause of bursitis and when located on the side of the hip, it is often called a “hip pointer.”
STRESS FRACTURE: These are usually seen in long-distance runners and in women more often than men. Individuals with a nutritional deficiency (like those with an eating disorder) and older athletes—especially those with poor bone density—also have an elevated risk for stress fracture.
LABRAL TEAR: The labrum is a thick, fibrous ring that borders the hip socket adding depth and support to the hip joint. If the labrum tears, a patient may experience pain, stiffness, and mobility issues.
FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT: When bone spurs form on the rim of the hip joint socket (acetabulum), they can cause pinching as the hip is moved to its end ranges of motion. This can lead to osteoarthritis and is often due to a torn labrum and/or capsule.
OSTEITIS PUBIS: Repetitive pulling of muscles that attach to the pubic bone often seen in runners, soccer, and hockey players. Childbirth can also result in osteitis pubis.
SPORTS HERNIAS: These injuries are frequently seen in athletes from sports that require repetitive twisting/turning at high speeds (like hockey players) and are thought to be caused by an imbalance between strong thigh muscles and weaker abdominal muscles.
So, if you are experiencing hip pain and you type in a chiropractor near me, and you find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. You may wonder, what is wrong with my hip? Pain in the hip that starts to affect your activities of daily living is a problem that needs attention. Pickleball is a popular sport right now, but we find many who develop hip pain as a result of doing hip dips. Some patients wonder why walking on Fort Myers Beach or Barefoot Beach would stir their hip up. I love, Dr. Tim Harcourt, to walk on a beach near me on a very regular basis. Some who may be concerned about neuropathy may be concerned if this is neuropathic pain. Many who have been diagnosed with neuropathy have been on high-dosage chemicals and wonder why their hip pain remains persistent. Mini Golf, golf, tennis, and pickleball are common sports to cause hip pain. Some try Oxycodone or Hydrocodone to no avail. Some have tried applying chemical gel to the affected area with temporary relief at best. As a last resort, some type in pain management near me to find relief. Hopefully, you won’t have the dreaded “bone on bone” x-ray findings but if you do it doesn’t mean surgery is your only option. Obviously, most want to avoid a hip replacement. Sometimes it can be resolved with conservative non-surgical treatment. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitate a visit to see a professional before it becomes a surgical case. Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and hip adjustment or first Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.
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