Mar 15, 2022

Does your hip "click"? Do you feel stuck when you try to bring your leg up towards you? Are you unable to cross your legs? Read on...

The hip is a ball & socket joint, & is considered to be one of the most stable joints in the body, as it allows weight-bearing through the lower extremities. There are many structures surrounding the hip & any of these structures could cause pain, stiffness, or clicking.

Due to repeated loading, the hip may be subject to osteoarthritis & labral tears. These are common as we age, but labral tears are also found in athletes who participate in high-impact sports.⛹️ The labrum lines the β€œsocket” of the hip & serves as a seal to keep the joint in place. If the tear is extensive, a surgery may be needed.

Hip impingement is also common, & occurs when extra bone develops, creating an irregular shape & disrupting movement. This development occurs during childhood but not everyone experiences pain.

Overuse/overloading can also cause inflammation & injury to the muscles, tendons, & bursa (fluid-filled sacs that cushions tendons & joints).

Sometimes, the back (lumbar spine) may refer pain down to the hip.

In the elderly, a hip fracture is common especially in those with underlying osteoporosis. In this case, the fracture need not occur from a high-impact fall or trauma.πŸ§“πŸΌ

Less commonly seen is avascular necrosis (AVN), whereby an interruption of the blood supply causes death of the bone tissue. This can occur due to fracture or dislocation, but has also been linked to chronic steroid use & excessive alcohol consumption (take it easy on the drink!). 🍻

In most cases, a course of physiotherapy can alleviate pain, improve movement & function of the hip joint. Do check in with your physiotherapist for more details or advice!

Send us a DM or contact us at 82182905 / 62620970 to find out more!πŸ“±

πŸ“1. The Hip Abductor Muscles, Trochanteric Bursa and Lateral (Outside) Hip Pain. (2020, February 3). Hip Pain Professionals.
πŸ“2. Hip labral tear. (n.d.). Mayo Clinic.
πŸ“3. Femoroacetabular Impingement. (n.d.). OrthoInfo.
πŸ“4. Barney J, Piuzzi NS, Akhondi H. Femoral Head Avascular Necrosis. [Updated 2022 Jan 19]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-.
πŸ“5. Sharareh, B. (2021, August). Hip Osteonecrosis. Orthobullets.

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