Pinpointing Where and Why It Hurts
Your hips can only withstand so much pressure and force day in and day out. And unfortunately, as we age, hip pain becomes more of a common complaint. The root cause of the injury largely depends on the location of the pain. Lower back pain, for example, causes referral of symptoms in the hip and buttock area, while damage to the hip joint itself will likely cause pain within the joint or groin area. In a society where everyone is on the go, hip pain can have a significant effect on your daily life, making it difficult to stand, walk, sit for extended periods or even bend over to pick up a small child.
The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back through the buttocks and into the thighs. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the nerve path, typically affecting only one side of the body. Patients may experience sciatica from decreased disc space in the lumbar spine, spondylolisthesis, muscle spasms in the back or buttocks, or from extra pressure during pregnancy.
Hip total joint replacement
Total hip replacement (THR) surgery has become one of the most common joint replacement surgeries in the world. It’s performed to help relieve pain and restore function to a hip that’s otherwise damaged. Similar to other joint replacements, it removes the damaged bone around the head of the femur, replacing it with a smooth artificial joint that glides freely. There is little downtime following the procedure, and patients are expected to begin walking with an assistive device immediately following the surgery. With the help of physical therapy, patients can quickly regain joint movement with little to no discomfort.
Your hip joint has both a bursae sac to help with shock absorption and tendons to aid joint movement. Any type of overuse or irritation to the bursae or tendon will cause inflammation to the area, leading to bursitis or tendonitis. These conditions are painful and can significant discomfort with any joint movement. Physical therapy can greatly help relieve strain to the affected area.
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