How Do You Know If Your Hip Pain Is Serious?

How Do You Know If Your Hip Pain Is Serious?

John Miller Physiotherapist

Article by John Miller

How Do You Know If Your Hip Pain Is Serious?

Traumatic injuries to your hip, such as a fall, can fracture your hip, and these often need urgent surgery to fix the fracture or replace the hip Joint.

Seek urgent medical help if:

  • A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
  • Your joint looks deformed or is bleeding.
  • You can’t move your leg or hip, and you can’t put any weight on your hip.
  • You heard a popping noise in the joint when you injured it.
  • The pain is intense.
  • The hip pain came on suddenly.
  • You have hip pain at night or when you are resting.

Other conditions, such as infections or unexplained hip pain, require urgent attention. Call your healthcare practitioner if your hip pain doesn’t go away or if you notice swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint.

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Serious Hip Pain?

Luckily, Most Hip Pain Is Not Serious

Most hip pain is musculoskeletal in origin and a painful inconvenience until you can resolve it. The quickest resolution is after an accurate diagnosis from your trusted healthcare professional with a particular interest in hip, groin or buttock pain.

Most hip pain is caused by muscle injury, weakness, tendinopathy, bursitis, or osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatments also include prescription anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids,

Try to relieve your hip pain by applying ice to the area for about 15 minutes a few times a day. Try to rest the affected joint actively as much as possible for a day or two. Please seek a professional healthcare assessment if your hip pain remains unchanged after a day or two.

Your hip physiotherapist can assess you and prescribe the appropriate hip flexibility techniques or exercise for the hip joint with low-impact exercises and, later, resistance training to reduce hip pain and improve joint mobility, balance and hip strength.

It is always wise to trail a non-surgical exercise-based approach. When hip osteoarthritis becomes so severe that the pain is intense or the hip joint becomes deformed, your hip specialist may consider a total hip replacement (arthroplasty).

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