Your hip is a strong, ball-and-socket joint connecting the long bone of your thigh to your pelvis. Without its unique design, you wouldn’t be able to twist and bend, cross your legs, or curl up in an easy chair.
Like all your joints, the hip receives its fair share of use and abuse, so it isn’t any wonder that things go wrong. Even though athletes commonly complain of hip pain, you don’t have to be a gymnast, dancer, or even a runner to feel an occasional ache.
Some of the more common causes of hip pain are:
An X-ray is commonly done to confirm the presence of osteoarthritis in the hip and assess its severity. In some circumstances your GP may arrange blood tests to exclude other forms of arthritis.
Whilst we cannot control factors such as ageing, our family genetics and congenital problems or injuries which occur through accidents, a healthy active lifestyle will help minimize the chances of developing osteoarthritis. Keeping active will maintain strong muscles around the joint to support and stabilize the joint and will help maintain joint mobility. Avoiding being overweight will also reduce strain and wear on your joints including your hips.