The hip joint is one of the most important and flexible joints in the human body, allowing us to walk, run, bend and perform physical activities. It is a ball (femoral head) and socket joint formed between the hip bone and femur (thighbone). The hip joint is surrounded by strong muscles and tough ligaments that prevent its dislocation.
The hip joint is prone to several types of injuries. Common ones include:
● A hip fracture is a break that occurs near the hip in the upper part of the femur or thighbone. It is most frequently caused after minor trauma in elderly patients, and by a high-energy trauma or serious injury in young people. Long-term use of certain medicines, such as bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases, can increase the risk of hip fractures.
● This is a painful condition caused by inflammation of a bursa in the hip. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs present in joints between bone and soft tissue to reduce friction and provide cushioning during movement. The bony prominence of the hip is called the greater trochanter and is present on the outer side of the femur. The bursa overlying it is called the trochanteric bursa. Another bursa is located towards the groin region and is called the iliopsoas bursa. Trochanteric bursitis is the more common of the two conditions.
● This occurs when the head of the femur moves out of the socket. The femoral head can dislocate either backward (posterior dislocation) or forward (anterior dislocation). Hip dislocation can be caused by injuries from motor vehicle accidents or severe falls.
● This is an injury to the labrum, the cartilage that surrounds the outside rim of your hip joint socket. A tear in the labrum of the hip can result from traumatic injury, such as a motor vehicle accident or from participating in sports such as football, soccer, basketball and skiing. Repetitive movements and weight-bearing activities over time can lead to wear-and-tear and degenerative changes to the hip joint in older patients.
Snapping Hip Syndrome
● This is a condition in which you hear or feel a snapping sound in the hip while swinging your legs, running or walking or while getting up from a chair.
FAQs: Hip Injuries in Staten Island, NY at Still Well Pain Management
How is a hip fracture treated?
Treatment for hip fracture usually involves a combination of prompt surgical repair, rehabilitation and medication to manage pain and to prevent blood clots and infection.
How is hip bursitis treated?
Recommended treatments may include rest and activity modification, ice, NSAIDs, topical anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or a corticosteroid injection.
How is a dislocated hip treated?
If you suspect you have a dislocated hip, don’t try to move it. It must be treated urgently to minimize long-term damage. Correcting your hip requires training, medication and assistance by a medical professional. Hip reduction may also be performed, where your joint is physically moved back into place.
How is hip labral tear treated?
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, conservative treatments, including rest and modified activities, may be sufficient. However, a more severe tear may require arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn portion of the labrum.
How is Snapping Hip Syndrome treated?
This is often a painless hip disorder and may not require medical treatment. If it causes minor to severe pain, recommended treatment may include pain relievers, a cold compress, limited physical activity or physical therapy.
How can I get started with hip injury treatments in Staten Island?
To learn more about which of these treatments can be considered for your hip injury, call 718-448-6373 or request a consultation online today.
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