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Hip Inflammation

Hip Inflammation Overview

Female holding hip in painThe hip is the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint, supporting the body’s weight while allowing for a wide range of motion. In addition to wear and tear or overuse of the hip joint, many conditions can affect the hips and cause inflammation and pain. Sometimes pain also radiates to the hips from other areas of the body (i.e. the groin or back).

Hip Inflammation Causes

Conditions which can cause hip inflammation include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Other forms of inflammatory arthritis
  • Irritable Hip Syndrome
  • Perthes’ Disease (avascular necrosis of the hip)
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Ischial Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Hip Fracture
  • Toxic Synovitis
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Soft tissue pain

Hip Inflammation Symptoms

Depending on what’s causing the pain, discomfort from a hip problem may be felt on the inside or outside of the hip joint, in the thighs, buttocks, or groin.

Additional symptoms of hip inflammation include:

  • Muscle stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Pain climbing stairs
  • Limping
  • Pain referred to the thigh and/or knee

Hip Inflammation Treatment and Relief

Hip inflammation is typically treated via over-the-counter pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications. Relief from hip inflammation may also be achieved by:

  • Resting the hip joint
  • Icing the affected area
  • Aspiration of bursa fluid
  • Cortisone injection
  • Hip joint stretching exercises
  • Resistance training
  • Drainage (for infectious bursitis)
  • Hip fracture surgery
  • Hip replacement (for severe cases of osteoarthritis)