The hips are the largest joints in the body, and they can stand up to a lot of pressure. We use our hips for just about everything: sitting, standing, walking, and dancing! Because they get so much use, hip pain symptoms become more common the older we get. But anyone can develop pain in the hips, from injury, obesity, arthritis, or other conditions.
In fact, athletes and the more active crowd are often at higher risk, because they push these joints to their limits. These ball-and-socket joints can withstand a lot, but they do deteriorate. About 76 million people in America report hip pain.
Hip Pain Causes
Sciatica is a common cause of hip pain; pain radiates to and from, up and down the lower spine and down the legs. This is due to interference with, or pressure on, the sciatic nerve. This can be a very aggravating condition and it is not limited to elderly people.
Bursitis is another condition that affects many people, and often sets in with the more physically active. Bursitis is caused by inflammation or swelling of the fluid-filled sacs in the joints; this condition comes from repetitive motion, and most doctors treat this with opioid pain medications.
Arthritis is probably the most common and can cause the most excruciating pain as calcium deposits set in and make movement more and more difficult.
Hip fractures can happen due to falls or other accidents. The hips can become more fragile with age and become susceptible to breakage. Lack of proper vitamin D and calcium, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to risk of hip fracture.
Tendinitis is also among the common causes of hip pain. The tendons become inflamed through repetitive motion and can cause soreness and burning sensations.
Hip labral tear is another cause of hip pain. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that encircles the hip joint socket. This cartilage helps to hold the ball of your hip joints in place. Athletes can experience tears in this cartilage due to the extreme movements in some sports and gymnastics. This tear can cause groin pain, or worse, permanent damage to the hips.
Non-Surgical Hip Pain Solutions
There are ways to manage hip pain, and none of us want to give up our active lifestyles, but chronic pain all too often resorts in hip replacement surgery which alters the body in a permanent way. If you’re not interested in getting surgery on your hip, there are other solutions to provide pain relief.
Regenerative cellular therapy is now a leading treatment for common hip pain causes. Injections of healing cells will help regenerate the tissues themselves, without the addictive quality of pain medications or the interruption and expense of painful surgeries.
With mesenchymal cell therapy and PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) injections, regenerative cells are employed to revitalize the damaged tissue and trigger the body’s healing response. These treatments can not only repair the damage, but they can bring significant improvement in pain symptoms.
Our clinic in Tampa, FL specializes in non-invasive solutions to relieve hip pain. Call us at (813) 873-7777 to find out what your options are for treatment.