5 Hip Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

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Hip Pain Symptoms

Hip pain can sometimes get in the way of working out, staying active, and doing daily activities. So how can you know when it's time to see a doctor about your hip pain?  You really should not wait to see a doctor if you have these symptoms.

The 5 Hip Symptoms That You Should Not Ignore:

 The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute has identified 5 hip pain symptoms that you should not ignore.  If caught soon enough, hip pain can be treated conservatively to reduce the risk of further injury. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult an orthopedic physician:

  1. Hip pain that has been present for more than a month
  2. Hip pain that radiates to the groin
  3. Hip and groin pain when sitting, driving, walking, sleeping or exercising
  4. Pain with flexion of the hip or lifting up your leg
  5. Pain or stiffness with decreased hip range of motion

Understanding the Hip

The hip is the body's largest ball-and-socket joint designed to withstand normal wear and tear associated with repetitive motion.  Hip joint pain can affect other areas of the body like the low back and the knee.  The hip joint consists of the femoral head of the thigh serving as the ball and the acetabulum of the pelvis forming the socket. Bands of tissue, called ligaments, connect the ball to the socket, stabilizing the hip and forming the joint capsule. This joint capsule is lined with a thin membrane called synovium, which produces a viscous fluid to lubricate the joint. Bursae, fluid-filled sacs, provide a cushion where there is friction between muscle, tendons, and bones. Both the pelvic and thigh bone have cartilage located at the end to act as a cushion. However, with increased age and continued use, the hip is still vulnerable to wear and damage.

Hip Dislocation

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, similar to the shoulder, made up of the femur and pelvis. Around these bones are a think labrum and a number of large muscles. The major difference between the hip and shoulder is that the socket is much deeper in the hip. This makes the hip joint one of the most stable in the body. Meaning it takes great force to cause a hip dislocation. In fact, 70 percent of hip dislocations in America are the result of car accidents. Hip dislocations in sports occur in high impact sports like American football, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, race car driving, and equestrian sport.

Pinched nerve in hip, hip pain when lifting leg, pain when lifting leg from hipAnatomy of the Hip

Other Hip Conditions

These symptoms can indicate various hip pathology or other serious medical conditions, including:

1. Bursitis


3. Hip Fracture

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

5. Tendonitis

6. Hip Flexor Strain

7. Labral Tear

8. FAI - Femoroacetabular Impingement

9.Hip Dislocation

10. Inguinal Hernia

11. Pinched Nerve in Lower Back 

12. Pinched Nerve in Hip

13. Osteonecrosis

14. Low Back Pain

Physical Therapy Treatment for the Hip

Despite hip pain being a common complaint amongst all people, there are a few easy forms of physical therapy which can help. Exercises for core strength and stability are used to treat and prevent pain in the hips.  A physical therapist will assess your ROM of your hip and other related joints.  Your therapist will put you on a stretching program if needed.  Ergonomic education is instrumental in treating hip pain, as the source of most of the pain comes from how people sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health. Weight loss and a healthy BMI are always recommended in the treatment of hip pain.

JOI Rehab has specially trained physical therapists and athletic trainers who work closely with Orthopedic Hip Specialists to formulate individualized hip therapy programs.  Together with your physician, we have developed physical therapy protocols for all of the major hip conditions. 

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045

Hip Orthopedic Specialists

The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute specializes in all types of hip conditions and can help you get on the road to recovery. Our team is made up of physicians, physical therapists, and massage therapists, working together to provide you with the best comprehensive care. 

Our orthopedic physicians specializing in the hip, utilize the latest technologies and techniques from diagnosis to treatment.  After the condition is identified, your physician will construct a treatment plan catered to your needs. JOI has hip-specific treatment protocols for hip conditions to provide the best outcomes.  For pain management, your doctor may recommend a series of hip injections to help you manage your pain levels.

Go to this page to see the JOI Orthopaedic Physicians who specialize in the treatment of hip pain.


Hip Surgery

If all of the conservative treatment options have not been successful, you and your physician will determine if hip surgery is an option.  JOI physicians have numerous different hip surgical options which may give you the outcome you desire.  Total Hip Replacement, Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, Robotic Hip Replacement and Hip Labral Repair are just a few of the options. 

If you are experiencing any of the 5 hip symptoms, early medical intervention can make a big difference in your recovery. The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute will provide the highest level of care to help you return to your normal, active lifestyle. https://www.joionline.net/trending/content/hip-pain

By: Drew Heideman PT/ATC in Collaboration with the JOI Hip Physicians

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