Hip Pain In Women
What Is Hip Pain?
The hip joint joins the Femur (thigh bone) and the Pelvis. It joins the lower limb to the torso of the body. It is a strong stabilizing ball-and-socket joint which fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement. It is the body’s largest joint, designed to withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear.
Despite its strength and durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused and with age and use, the cartilage (the cushioning part in the hip joint) can wear down or become damaged. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain. Hip pain is far more common in woman than men.
What Are The Symptoms Of Hip Pain?
Hip pain is usually characterized by discomfort in different areas, including the groin, thigh, buttocks and inside and outside of the hip joint. Therefore, determining the main source of pain and the cause is necessary to determine your treatment options.
What Causes Hip Pain?
There are many causes of hip pain and problems in women. Our podiatrists are trained to assess the hip and look at the back. Through a thorough biomechanical assessment where we look at the muscles and joints and their movements and strength, they can determine what the cause of your hip pain is and how to treat it. If it is beyond our scope of practice, we work closely with many Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors who can help.
The common causes are:
- Arthritis: Most commonly osteoarthritis due to the wear-and-tear that affects people with age. Arthritic pain is often felt in the front of your thigh or in your groin due to stiffness or swelling in the joint.
- Tendinitis: There are many tendons which connect muscles to and around the hip joint. These tendons can easily become inflamed if you overuse them, or they are being used in a poor body mechanics. When any of these tendons inflame, this is called tendinitis.
- Bursitis: A bursae is a fluid-filled sac that cushions the bony part of the hip that is close to the surface of the hip. These sacs can also become inflamed from irritation or overuse.
- Gynecological and Back Problems: Hip pain in woman can be sometimes have underlying gynecological causes. Back problems can also play out through pain in the hip joint.
- Hip Fractures: Hip fractures are more common in older woman usually due to a fall or trauma. However decreased bone density can also cause hip fractures without severe traumatic event.
- Nerve Pain: Sciatica, is where the main nerve that travels down from the butt, crossing the hip is pinched or damage. This can also cause hip pain.
How Can A Podiatrist Help?
We assess the body as a whole and can help determine which of the above is the causative factor. Once we know the issue, then we can help devise a treatment plan. This is done by performing a thorough biomechanical assessment and gait assessment and sometimes we will send you for imaging such as X-ray and Ultrasound.
If you or someone you love suffers with hip pain, then contact our experienced podiatrists today to make an appointment (03) 9372-7452 or contact us via our online services.
Article By: Kim Thompson BHSc Pod NZ MAPodA AAPSM