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Hip pain in young adults


Traditionally, the management of hip pain has been well defined by age groups such as the limping child and older patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA). However, young adults (typically aged 16–50 years) with persistent hip pain who do not have OA or a childhood hip disorder have presented a diagnostic challenge and their management less well defined.


We present a clinical review intended as a guide for general practitioners to aid the identification of such patients through focused history taking and examination. We outline the primary care management and provide guidance on when to refer.


Our understanding of the causes of hip pain in young adults has increased significantly over the last decade. This has led to the recognition that subtle hip shape abnormalities, termed femoroacetabular impingement, can cause symptomatic soft tissue damage and may initiate OA. This is important as it now raises the possibility of identifying and treating young adults with pre-arthritic symptoms (the ‘at-risk’ hip).

Table 1. Differential diagnosis of hip pain in young adults
Extra-articular Intra-articular

  • Abductor muscle injuries
  • Gluteus muscle tears         


  • Sciatica
  • Obturator nerve irritation
  • LFCN irritation     
  • Piriformis syndrome


  • Snapping hip (ITB or iliopoas)
  • Bursa
  • Trochanteric bursitis


  • Inguinal ligament strain
  • Joint capsule*

Referred pain*

  • Lumbar spine
  • Knee
  • Non-musculoskeletal pathology

  • FAI
  • OA*
  • AVN*
  • DDH*
  • Fractures*
  • Perthe’s*
  • Septic arthritis*

Soft tissues

  • Labral tear
  • Chondral defect
  • Ligamentum teres injury
ITB = iliotibial band, LFCN = lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, FAI = femoroacetabular impingement OA = osteoarthritis, AVN = avascular necrosis, DDH = developmental dysplasia of the hip.
*Not covered in this review


Patients typically present when their hip pain impairs activities such as work, exercise or sport. Symptoms suggestive of hip pathology include localised symptoms (such as catching sensations), symptoms related to activity or when going up and down stairs, or symptoms related to prolonged sitting or standing.

History helps to localise the hip as the source of pain rather than make a specific diagnosis as there is significant overlap in symptoms originating from different structures in and around the hip. For example, pain and tenderness over the greater trochanter, buttock or lateral thigh can suggest trochanteric bursitis, a tear of the gluteus medius muscle or a snapping hip.3 Patients with FAI most commonly report groin (88%), lateral hip (67%) and anterior thigh (35%) pain but may also complain of buttock (29%), knee (27%) and lower back (23%) pain.4 Other conditions that present predominantly with groin pain (eg. osteitis pubis, incipient inguinal hernia, adductor tendinopathies) have been the focus of a previous review articleandare not addressed here.

Hip examination

The aim of a focused hip examination is to confirm the hip as the source of symptoms and to exclude alternative diagnoses such as referred pain rather than make a definitive diagnosis. Clinical examination has been shown to have a high sensitivity (98%) in localising intra-articular hip pathology but is poor in exactly defining its nature.6


Inspection of the patient’s standing posture and gait will reveal any obvious asymmetry in the musculature or alignment. An antalgic gait (short stance phase relative to swing phase) reflects pain on weight bearing and may indicate a painful joint. The Trendelenberg gait reflects the integrity of the hip abductor muscles on the side of the standing leg. The patient can also indicate the site of symptoms.

The patient may have one of the clinical signs suggestive of intra-articular hip pathology (Figure 1). Cupping of the greater trochanter in the trochanteric C-sign7 (Figure 1A), pointing with two fingers towards the hip joint in the triangulation sign (Figure 1B) or pointing deep within the groin crease in the deep pointer sign (Figure 1C. It is important to note that these signs are commonly reported anecdotally rather than being evidence-based and their sensitivity for detecting intra-articular hip pathology is not known.

Figure 1. Clinical signs often performed by patients with FAI syndrome A) trochanteric C-sign, B) triangulation sign, C) deep pointer sign


Palpation may reproduce symptoms over anatomical landmarks suggestive of extra-articular pain. Pain reproduced by palpation over the greater trochanter is suggestive of trochanteric bursitis or a snapping hip (iliotibial band irritation over the greater trochanter). Buttock tenderness to palpation suggests muscular pathology (such as gluteus medius tear) and tenderness over the psoas tendon (located lateral to the femoral nerve just below the inguinal ligament) is suggestive of psoas tendonitis.


Active range of movement (ROM) will test muscle integrity. Further assessment of specific muscle groups should be made where weakness or pain is identified. Passive ROM assesses the integrity of the joint and surrounding soft tissues, a reduction in which suggests FAI or labral/chondral injury in this patient group.

Special tests

Special tests are indicated where intra-articular hip pathology is suspected after exclusion of acute conditions that require emergency department referral (eg. septic arthritis, fracture, slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE), dislocation). The anterior impingement test (flexion, adduction and internal rotation; Figure 2) and the FABER test (flexion, abduction and external rotation; Figure 3) have the highest sensitivities and specificities of the special tests available (>0.9) for detecting intra-articular hip pathology.8 A reproduction of symptoms, pain and a decreased ROM relative to the unaffected side represent a positive test result. Although >90% of patients with FAI will have a positive anterior impingement and FABER test, a positive test can indicate intra-articular hip pathology unrelated to FAI (eg. traumatic labral tears). These tests are therefore not diagnostic but aid in identifying intra-articular hip pathology.

Figure 2. The anterior hip impingement test. The hip is positioned in flexion, adduction and internal rotation

Figure 3. The FABER test (flexion, abduction and external rotation)

Basic imaging

An anterior–posterior (AP) radiograph of the pelvis is an essential initial investigation to exclude fractures, developmental dysplasia of the hip, avascular necrosis, OA, malignancy and a missed childhood SUFE. However, for most conditions described in this review, the radiograph may be normal or show only subtle abnormalities that are easily overlooked.9Figure 4 shows an AP pelvis in a patient with cam-type FAI. We suggest that additional views such as a Dunn view or frog leg lateral, and CT and MRI are best conducted by a specialist.

Figure 4. AP pelvis radiograph showing cam-type hip shape in FAI (left hip, red arrow)

Hip conditions in young adults

There are a number of conditions that may present with hip pain. Trochanteric bursitis typically presents with tenderness over the greater trochanter. The snapping hip originates from either the iliopsoas tendon or the iliotibial band (ITB). Snapping from the iliopsoas tendon is often audible and recreated when the hip is passively moved from flexion, abduction and external rotation to a position of extension with internal rotation.7 Snapping from the ITB is more visible than it is audible and patients often refer to the sensation of subluxation or dislocation as the tensor fascia lata ‘snaps’ back and forth across the greater trochanter.7 Gluteus muscle tears typically present with buttock pain, which is reproduced by palpation, but symptoms may also include pain over the greater trochanter and later hip pain. These pathologies can be grouped as the greater trochanteric pain syndrome in recognition that symptoms often overlap and are sometimes linked (eg. trochanteric bursitis due to a snapping hip).3 Patients typically present with pain and tenderness over the greater trochanter, buttock or lateral thigh. The prevalence is 1.8 per 1000 in the general population10 and although the incidence is thought to be low among young adults, this diagnosis should be considered where the symptoms are activity-related or follow injury.

Neuropathies causing symptoms around the hip joint include irritation of the sciatic nerve, obturator nerve and lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) of the thigh. Symptoms include shooting pains, stinging or numbness, and neuropathic pain in the nerve distribution. They typically arise from nerve entrapment, such as piriformis syndrome and inguinal ligament strain, causing entrapment of the LFCN of the thigh.

The acetabular labrum is a cartilaginous ring surrounding the acetabulum and its function is to increase hip joint stability.11 Labral tears can arise from FAI, trauma, dysplasia, capsular laxity and degeneration. 12 The ligamentum teres arises from the transverse ligament of the acetabulum and inserts into the fovea capitis of the femoral head. It is thought to provide stability, vascularity, proprioception, and nociception to the hip joint and ligamentum teres injury is recognised as a source of pain from the hip.13 Chondral defects refer to damage of the mature articular cartilage, which causes pain and may initiate the degenerative process of OA.14


The term FAI describes subtle deformities in hip shape that cause impingement between the femoral neck and anterior rim of the acetabulum during the normal range of functional hip movement, particularly in flexion adduction and internal rotation. The impinging surfaces can irritate and damage the soft tissues of the hip joint of which most at risk are the acetabular labrum and the adjacent acetabular cartilage. Hip shape deformities are classified into three types:15

  1. cam type – asphericity of the femoral head; widening of the femoral neck. The term comes from the cam-lobes on engine cam-shafts, which open and close valves by impinging on the appropriate surface as they rotate
  2. pincer type – over coverage of the anterosuperior acetabular wall; a deep socket. Similar to the tips of pincer forceps
  3. mixed type – a combination of cam and pincer deformities.

Cam impingement is more common in young men, and pincer in middle-aged women. Other types exist and are related to the orientation of the acetabulum and femoral neck. We use the term FAI syndrome to refer to patients with hip shape abnormalities and symptoms suggestive of impingement.

What is the prevalence of hip shape abnormality and FAI syndrome?

Hip shape abnormalities characteristic of FAI are quite common in the young adult population.16 In a prospective study of 200 asymptomatic volunteers aged 21–50 years, the prevalence of cam-type hip shape was found to be 14%.17 The prevalence of hip shape abnormality is reported to be higher in asymptomatic athletes than in the general population and the reasons for this remain unclear. A prospective study of American college football players (average age 21 years) found that 95% of the 134 asymptomatic hips had at least one radiological sign of cam or pincer shape18 and in a retrospective review of elite soccer players, radiographic hip abnormality was present in 72% of men and 50% of women.19 In patients with hip pain the prevalence of shape abnormality is even higher. A retrospective review of the pelvic radiographs of 157 patients aged 18–50 years revealed that 87% were found to have a hip shape abnormality.9

Why do some people get symptoms and others do not?

It is not yet understood why some people develop symptoms (FAI syndrome) and others do not. It is likely that the mechanism involves a combination of factors: a hip shape abnormality together with a level and type of activity that provokes impingement. There may also be a genetic predisposition to shape abnormality and/or soft tissue damage in these patients.20 The natural history of FAI and long-term progression to OA remain topics of much debate and ongoing research.

Management in primary care

Many conditions described in this review require diagnosis by a specialist. Many of these conditions respond to a course of non-operative care, particularly physical therapy, and there is no evidence that such treatment is harmful.21 Therefore, for young adults with persistent hip pain it would be reasonable to commence a course of physical therapy pending a diagnosis. In many cases the specialist will continue to treat non-arthritic hip pain with physical therapy, as failure to respond to this may well then be used as an indication to expedite surgery.22

For non-operative care, exercise-based physical therapy probably has the most evidence for effect but it is also reasonable to consider a short course of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), activity modification, education and advice, although limited evidence exists for this.21,23 Although non-arthritic hip pain is not a life- or limb-threatening condition, some causes, particularly FAI, are associated with an increased risk of OA. Therefore, it is advisable to obtain a specialist referral/diagnosis in a timely manner and within 3–6 months if symptoms do not improve with conservative management.

Early specialist referral may be indicated in athletes where the prevalence of hip shape abnormality has been shown to be substantially higher than in the general population.18,19 At present there is no evidence that patients with asymptomatic incidental findings of FAI benefit from any intervention, but patient education regarding presenting early if symptoms develop is advised.

Specialist assessment

Patients who attend a specialist will have a reassessment of their symptoms and clinical examination. They may also be asked to complete a validated hip score questionnaire to quantify their symptoms and monitor changes over time and treatment response. The specialist may use more detailed imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance arthrography (MRA) and 3-dimensional CT, to diagnose soft tissue and bony pathology and to plan treatment.

When the diagnosis remains unclear or when multiple pathologies are suspected, a diagnostic intra-articular injection of local anaesthetic may be used. This has been shown to be an indicator of intra-articular pathology with an accuracy of 90%.6 Three-dimensional surface reconstructed CT provides the best impression of all aspects of hip shape and is particularly useful in pre-operative planning for FAI surgery (Figure 5).24

Figure 5. 3-Dimensional reconstructed CT images of cam-type deformity (red arrows)

Treatments often involve targeted physiotherapy, which has shown good short-term outcomes in pain and function for patients with mild FAI, although there is limited experimental data.21,25 The therapeutic aims are to increase the pain-free passive range of movement, improve the precision of hip motion, avoid hip hyperextension and femoroacetabular rotation under load, and to optimise the balance of muscle strength and length at the pelvis. 25

Surgical management may be considered for extra- and intra-articular hip pathologies when patients do not improve with non-operative care and where the symptoms are judged severe enough to justify the risks of surgery. Trochanteric bursitis, the snapping hip, and focal isolated gluteus medius and minimis tendon tears can be treated effectively with arthroscopic surgery.26,27

Shape-corrective surgery for the treatment of FAI, as well as soft tissue repairs (eg. labral repair/reconstruction, microfracture and repair of ligamentum teres injuries) can be also be carried out arthroscopically.12,14,28 A growing body of literature now exists showing favourable short-to-mid-term outcomes of arthroscopic surgery for FAI in young adult and adolescent populations, although long-term data are still awaited and guidelines suggest that such surgery should only be carried out by specialists with expertise in arthroscopic hip surgery.29

Key points

  • Persistent hip pain in young adults should not be ignored.
  • Clinical examination and basic imaging are important to exclude conditions such as childhood hip disorders, OA, septic arthritis and fractures.
  • Commence conservative management (NSAIDs, activity modification and physiotherapy) and follow up within 3 months.
  • Refer patients with persistent hip pain of 3–6 months duration for specialist review and further investigation.

Competing interests: John O’Donnell has received payment for Board membership from Smith and Nephew. He has also received payment for consultancy from Arthrocare and Medacta, has grants pending from Arthrocare and has received royalties from Medacta.
Provenance and peer review: Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.


The authors would like to thank the Medical Photography and Illustration Department at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust for the production of images included in this review.

Patient consent was obtained for the publication of photographs in this review.

Groin Pain Q&A — Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

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“I’m 40 years old and I get groin pain with walking, running, climbing stairs, or sitting for a long time. Is this something to worry about?”

Groin pain is a common complaint in people who have hip problems. Many times people think their groin pain is due to a pulled groin muscle, but it can be frequently due to an irritation inside the hip joint. Groin pain that comes from the hip typically develops slowly over time without a specific injury or trauma. It is worse when the hip is flexed, for example, while sitting in a low chair or while driving.

Over time people with groin pain may notice some stiffness and decreased motion in their hip. The pain is usually a dull ache at baseline but can become a sharp, stabbing pain when the hip turned into certain positions.

Common hip disorders that present with groin pain include: labral tears, cartilage damage inside the joint, hip impingement problems, and arthritis. A physical examination and hip x-rays can help determine if there is a structural or mechanical problem in or around the hip that can be the source of the pain. The treatment options for these conditions vary depending on the problem. Treatments typically start with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications, but other more advanced treatments may be recommended and these include: injections, hip arthroscopy, and hip resurfacing or replacement.

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure recommended for young active patients with labral tears, hip impingement, and other hip problems inside the joint to prevent or delay the development of hip arthritis. Young active patients who have already developed arthritis may be candidates for hip resurfacing which is a more bone preserving surgical option to consider as an alternative to a traditional hip replacement.

While not all groin pain needs medical evaluation, people who have recurrent episodes of groin pain, or pain that continues to get worse over time, might benefit from an evaluation by an orthopedic hip  surgeon.

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Hip Bursitis vs Hip Osteoarthritis: How to Know the Difference | Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery | Vancouver

Sharp pains, stiffness, tenderness…these are fairly common symptoms associated with a hip condition. How can you tell when the pain is caused by hip bursitis vs hip osteoarthritis? These conditions share a lot of symptoms, making it difficult for patients to know what is causing their discomfort and decreased mobility.

Our team of hip specialists has extensive experience in treating both conditions, and will help determine your specific hip condition and prescribe an effective treatment plan designed to fit you and your goals.

Dr. Edward Sparling helps distinguish the symptoms and causes of hip bursitis and hip osteoarthritis below.

What is the Difference Between Hip Bursitis and Hip Arthritis?

Hip bursitis develops when the bursae (small, jelly-like sacs) becomes inflamed. The bursae provide necessary cushioning and reduce joint friction.

“There are two important bursae in the hip that are prone to inflammation,” says Dr. Sparling. “One bursa is especially prone to bursitis because it covers the femur. The other is in the inside of the hip near the groin.”

Hip bursitis most commonly affects the middle-aged or elderly. Hip bursitis is commonly caused by an injury to the hip, an overuse injury or spinal condition/disease. Other factors, including rheumatoid arthritis, bone spurs or prior hip procedures may also play a role.

“The simplest way to understand the difference between hip bursitis and hip osteoarthritis is to understand where the pain is coming from,” says Dr. Sparling. “When you have hip osteoarthritis, the pain is coming from inside the joint. With hip bursitis, pain is coming from the outside.”

Hip osteoarthritis also develops commonly in the middle-aged and elderly. Hip osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the hip joint wears down with age.

“Cartilage protects the hip joints and prevents bone from rubbing on bone,” says Dr. Sparling. “The lack of cartilage causes pain and stiffness, and even makes it difficult to walk.”

Other factors like heredity, injury, obesity and dysplasia may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.

What are the Symptoms of Hip Bursitis and Hip Osteoarthritis?

Hip bursitis:

  • Pain that may be sharp and intense in its first stages
  • Pain that worsens at night
  • Pain may progress to a widespread ache (spreading to larger hip area including thigh, groin, etc.)
  • Laying down or placing pressure on the hip may cause discomfort, tenderness or pain
  • Pain or stiffness after too little or too much activity
  • Activities like walking, climbing and squatting may be difficult and painful

Hip osteoarthritis:

  • Pain that develops slowly
  • Pain that is worse in the morning
  • Pain in the buttock, groin, thigh and hip
  • Locking, sticking, grating and grinding may happen when walking or moving
  • Vigorous or excessive activity may cause pain
  • Stiffness that decreases your range of motion, making walking or bending challenging
  • Swelling
  • Pain may spread to the knee or back

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our hip specialists, so they may provide a proper diagnosis and suggest treatment options.

About Rebound’s Hip Surgery Team

Rebound’s hip specialists have become leaders in hip replacement surgery by employing new, less invasive surgical techniques with improved outcomes. Rebound was one of the first practices in the nation to perform total hip resurfacing, and has one of the country’s most experienced hip resurfacing surgeons, having performed over 550 of these procedures. Additionally, Rebound is the only practice in SW Washington to offer the direct anterior approach for hip replacement, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional hip replacement.

Rebound Hip Resources:

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Recommended Hip Resources:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Hip Bursitis

AAOS – Osteoarthritis of the Hip

AAOS – Hip Arthroscopy

Arthritis Health – Hip Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Health – Hip Bursitis Symptoms

Is it Growing Pains or Something More?

Many kids can relate to the unpleasant experience of growing pains – they come on at night and can cause sharp, shooting, as well as dull and nagging pain. But what people may not know is what causes them, why do they affect some children and not others, and most importantly, when should parents be concerned that they could be something much more serious?

Dr. Suzanne Marie Yandow, chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, answers these common questions below.

What causes growing pains?

The direct cause of growing pains is unknown, but they typically present in children 3 to 5 years of age and may persist much later in some cases in kids ages 8 to 12. Some studies have shown that more than one out of three children displays symptoms at some point in their lives, and the symptoms most often arise during periods of rapid growth.

What are the common symptoms?

Growing pains often come on in the evening and at night, and the pain is usually in the muscles rather than the joints. This pain usually presents bilaterally, meaning the pain will occur in both legs, rather than just one or the other. Frequently they are present in the front of the legs or shin area.

Children are often more aware of the pain at night, and while it may be a nuisance, the pain is typically not severe enough to wake them from a sound sleep. If this occurs, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.

What other more common serious conditions could be mistaken for growing pains?

Toxic synovitis is a common cause of hip pain in children that can often be mistaken for growing pains or a pulled muscle. Toxic synovitis is a temporary condition that occurs due to inflammation of the inner lining of the hip joint. This inflammation may cause pain or stiffness in some children. Toxic synovitis is much more common in boys and most often affects preschool to early school-aged kids, but younger kids can develop it as well.

Unlike the symptoms of growing pains, children with toxic synovitis will often experience leg or hip pain in just one leg, and this pain is more constant throughout the day rather than just in the evening. Other symptoms include limping and reluctance or refusal to bear weight on the limb. In babies, they may cry in situations where their hip joints are being moved, such as diaper changing, or they will refuse to move the limb.

By itself, toxic synovitis is not a serious condition, but the biggest risk in missing its diagnosis is the potential for missing more serious conditions like certain forms of childhood cancer, or a case of septic arthritis. While septic arthritis is uncommon, it’s a surgical emergency when it does occur.

Septic arthritis, which most commonly affects the hip, presents with many of the same symptoms as toxic synovitis, but it is also frequently accompanied by a fever. If left untreated, septic arthritis can damage and destroy the joint that is infected.

How is the underlying cause of the pain diagnosed?

The first thing a doctor will do is examine your child, checking to see what kind of movement is painful by moving the knee, the hip and other joints to confirm where the pain is coming from.

A blood draw can show abnormalities that help to distinguish toxic synovitis from the more dangerous septic arthritis, and the doctor may order an ultrasound that will determine whether there is fluid in the hip joint. Your doctor may also run additional scans and tests to rule out certain forms of cancer.

With many of the symptoms overlapping, what should the main takeaway be for parents and caregivers?

The most important takeaway for parents who are trying to distinguish growing pains from a more serious condition is to pay attention to your child’s symptoms. Cases of toxic synovitis and septic arthritis are much more common in babies and young children, making it much easier to miss. The primary symptoms parents should watch for that indicate it’s time to call the doctor include:

  • If your child is limping or refusing to use a limb
  • If your child’s pain is restricted to one limb
  • If your child’s pain is so intense that it wakes them from a sound sleep
  • If your child’s pain is accompanied by a fever

Parents who have babies should also remember that infants may refuse to move their limbs or hold either their leg or arm very still, which could be a sign of a deeper infection in the joint, muscles or bones.

Overall, growing pains and toxic synovitis are extremely common ailments for children to have, but septic arthritis is an urgent situation that needs to be excluded first. If you have concerns, don’t wait to call a doctor.

Watch the video below to see Dr. Yandow speak about this topic on New Day Northwest:



What causes hip pain when standing up after sitting?

Steps to improving your hip pain when standing up after sitting

Step 1 – Discover the root cause of your hip pain

Why choose temporary relief when you can fix the problem!? Muscle tightness
and imbalance are at the root of pain. When these kinds of issues exist around
the hips, it can cause misalignment of the pelvis as well as restricted
movement and range of motion in the hips. If left unresolved over a longer
period of time, this can lead to the development of hip pain.

Imbalances and tightness in the muscles can be caused by old injuries, overuse
in sports or other activities, repetitive patterns (e. g. sitting), and more.
It is likely from a combination of several of these things, but the long-term
solution remains the same.

Step 2 – Address the muscle imbalances

Your muscles are what holds your joints together in the proper alignment and
helps to create motion of the body. Tightness and imbalances in the muscles
around your hips can contribute to aches and pains developing on all sides of
the hip joint.

By releasing the tension being held in tight muscles – alongside the proper
corrective strengthening and stretching exercises – you can begin to restore
better strength-length balance around your hips, improve your alignment, and
move with fewer restrictions.

Once tight and contracted, these tight hip flexor muscles rarely release by
stretching alone. These muscles release best by applying direct, prolonged
(30-90 second) pressure. Some of the muscles along the back of the hip and
glutes are easily accessible with a
Hip Flexor Release Ball
or other tool, and you can create a routine to
provide pressure to the back of hip.

The iliopsoas muscles (the psoas and the iliacus) require a more specific tool
to apply direct pressure.
The Hip Hook
is the only tool designed for both psoas release and iliacus release, due to
the unique angled pressure. It’s like having a physical therapist at home with
you, offering manual release therapy to these tight muscles.

Step 3 – Establish a consistent routine

Creating a routine that you can follow consistently is very important. The
muscle tension and imbalances that you are working to correct in your body
have likely been building up for some time now…likely over the course of
YEARS. Therefore, it may take some time to sufficiently retrain the “muscle
memory” in the muscles surrounding your hips to have them support you in
better alignment.

Working with a personal trainer, physical therapist, or other skilled
practitioners to address these issues can help you along the way and support
you on your healing journey. You can (and probably should) also put
in some work by yourself to accelerate this process — I cannot recommend this
enough. Ultimately, you are the one in control of your body each day and must
take ownership of what you need to do to improve your hip pain.

Set yourself up for success by having the necessary tools and equipment to
make this happen. Using things like a
hip flexor release tool, foam rollers,
massage therapy balls, exercise bands, and other training equipment may be helpful to have
available at home, making it easier (and more convenient) for you to help
yourself stay accountable, put in the work consistently, and start making
progress that turns into long-lasting results.

Learn more about what is causing hip pain

If this article describes what you may be currently feeling with your body,
consider learning more about this topic by reading my book
“Tight Hip, Twisted Core – The Key to Unresolved Pain”.

As a hip expert and holistic physical therapist of more than 20 years, I share
my knowledge and expertise about how tightness and imbalances in your core and
hip muscles affect the alignment, movement, and function of the entire body,
leading to hip pain, back pain, knee pain, and more.

Frequently asked questions about hip pain when standing

How do I get rid of hip pain from sitting?

Hip pain from sitting is typically the result of tight and imbalanced muscles
that are pulling on different sides of the hip joints or referring pain into
the hip area. You may find relief and improvement with this pain through a
combination of muscle release alongside corrective strengthening and
stretching exercises to ease the pressure felt in the hips.

Why does my hip hurt when I get up from sitting?

Your hip may hurt when getting up from sitting because your hip flexors and
other surrounding hip muscles are too tight. Going from a seated position to
standing requires those muscles to lengthen out. If they are holding tension
and not functioning properly, the hip flexors may pull on the hip joint
because they remain short and do not fully lengthen as you stand up.

Why does my hip pain after sitting go away after walking?

If you are experiencing hip pain after sitting, you may find that the pain
reduces after you get up and walk around for a couple of minutes. This is
likely due to the increased blood flow and activation felt in the muscles
surrounding your hips that helps create more movement in the joint. Take this
as a sign that you should get up and move more frequently.

Hip Flexor Tear or Strain | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine


Hip flexors are the group of muscles that help you lift your knee to your body. When the hip flexor muscles are overused, they can rip.

Hip flexor tears can fall into any one of the following grades:

  • Grade 1: Only a few muscle fibers are damaged from minor tears.
  • Grade 2: There is a potential for a loss of function to the hip flexor due to a moderate amount of damaged muscle fibers.
  • Grade 3: The muscle fibers are completely torn, and you can’t walk without a limp.

Most hip flexor tears or strains are classified as grade two.

Hip flexor tears or strains can generally be treated with conservative therapy or physical therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair any ruptured tissue.

Hip flexor tear or strain causes

The most common way someone might tear or strain their hip flexor is through overuse. Often, those who experience hip flexor tears or strains are involved in sports, such as dancing, cycling, soccer, and running.

Hip flexor tear or strain symptoms

The most common symptom of a hip flexor tear or strain is pain located at the front of the hip. You may experience hip pain as you walk or run.

Other symptoms associated with hip flexor tears or strains include:

  • Sharp pain in the hip or pelvis after trauma
  • Sudden hip pain
  • Upper leg feeling tender and sore
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling and bruising on the thighs or hip
  • Tightness and stiffness after long periods of rest
  • Cramping in the upper leg
  • Pain when lifting your leg to the chest

Hip flexor tears or strain complications

If left untreated, hip muscle tears or strains can cause the onset or progression of hip osteoarthritis leading to reduced or loss of mobility.

Hip flexor tear or strain risk factors

Risk factors associated with hip flexor tears and strains include:

  • Muscle imbalances
  • Having weak muscles
  • Not properly conditioned
  • Participating in sports such as running, jumping
  • Athletes who perform high knee kick athletes during their sport, such as football kickers

Hip flexor tear or strain prevention

Precautions to take to lower your risk of tearing or straining your hip flexor include:

  • Warming up before any physical activity
  • Exercising to strengthen the hip flexors
  • Avoiding high knee kicks when possible

Hip flexor tear or strain diagnosis

Your doctor will be able to perform a physical examination to determine your diagnosis. Your doctor may also order an X-ray or MRI to rule out other possible conditions.

Your doctor will also look back at your medical history to determine when symptoms began and potential activities that might have caused the tears or strain.

Hip flexor tear or strain treatment

Many patients can treat their hip flexor tear or strain with home remedies.

Conservative treatments for hip flexor tears or strains include:

  • Resting
  • Wearing compression wraps
  • Using an ice pack
  • Using a heat pack
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Hot shower or bath
  • Gentle exercises to reduce hip flexor muscle tension

When conservative treatments are not effectively relieving your symptoms, your doctor may recommend physical therapy. During physical therapy, you will work on strengthening the hip flexor muscles.

In rare cases, surgery is necessary to repair the torn hip flexor.

When should I seek care?

If you are experiencing symptoms related to hip flexor tears or strains last longer than ten days, contact your doctor to make an appointment.

Next Steps

Your doctor will recommend the best treatment for your case. You may need rest or pain medications to relieve your symptoms.

If you participate in activities that place stress on your hip flexors, take precautions such as warming up, stretching, or educating yourself on proper activity techniques. These preventive measures can help you avoid suffering future hip flexor tears or strains.

Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and call your doctor if your symptoms change or worsen.

Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

The bones that make up the pelvis (the pelvic girdle) can cause pain during pregnancy.

These pains arise from the sacro-iliac and symphysis pubis joints. Some women experience pain in their lower back, buttocks, thighs, hips, groin or pubic bones at some time during their pregnancy. For most women, the symptoms are mild but for some, they are severe and disabling. Although PGP can be painful and distressing, it will not harm your baby. 

You may have pain or difficulty with activities such as:

  • Walking (especially for prolonged periods)
  • Climbing stairs
  • Turning over in bed
  • Putting on socks/tights/shoes/trousers
  • Getting in/out of the car and driving
  • Sex

Other symptoms of PGP may include clicking or grinding sensations on movement or feeling that the pelvic joints are loose/unstable. The joints are not damaged; PGP is usually a self-limiting condition and most women recover completely within the first month following birth, although 1-2% may experience pain for up to one year.

What are the causes of PGP?

Strong tissues called ligaments hold the bones of the pelvis together; the normal hormonal effects of pregnancy cause the ligaments to be more flexible. This is an important process as it allows the pelvis to widen during the birth of your baby. However, it does mean that your joints are more mobile; this can cause discomfort and is one of the theories of how PGP develops. The ligaments and joints gradually return to normal following delivery. Your growing baby puts more strain on your pelvis, the extra weight of your baby and the way this can affect your posture can also contribute to PGP. You may be more likely to have PGP if you have had low back pain or pelvic injury prior to becoming pregnant, as this may lead to changes in muscle length or joint stiffness. Having a job involving manual work/lifting activities or prolonged standing/walking may also be a factor.

How can I reduce PGP?

Many women find that simple changes and considerations can help their PGP symptoms:
Good posture:

  • Sit on a firm chair with a rolled towel or cushion to support the lower back
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting
  • Directly face your computer screen (avoid sitting in a twisted posture)
  • Place a pillow between your knees and ankles when lying on your side at night
  • Roll onto your side before getting out of bed, keeping your legs together
  • Keep your legs together when turning over in bed and when getting in/out of the car
  • Keep your back straight when moving from sitting to standing and use your arms to push up.

Daily activities:

  • Avoid lifting heavy weights
  • Avoid twisting/bending movements like vacuuming or pushing heavy supermarket trolleys
  • Ask for help from your partner/relatives/friends
  • If you have to vacuum, then reduce the amount you do in one session and come back to it the next day
  • Consider online grocery shopping
  • Sit down to get dressed/undressed
  • Climb the stairs one step at a time
  • Sit down to prepare food or to do the ironing
  • Walk more slowly and with shorter strides
  • Wear comfortable supportive shoes with a good sole (avoid high heels)
  • Avoid prolonged sitting or standing; avoid sitting on the floor.

Toddlers (if you have a young child to care for):

  • Try to avoid lifting your toddler too often and avoid carrying the child on one hip
  • If they want a cuddle, sit down and ask the child to sit beside you or on your lap
  • Remember to let the cot side down when lifting the child in/out (bend your knees, keep back straight)
  • Kneel to bath your child (do not bend over the bath) or preferably ask a partner/relative to help
  • Keep your child close to you when lifting him/her into a car seat (have the front seat pushed well forward to allow more room).
  • Rest.

Try to have a rest for at least half an hour each day, preferably lying down on your side with a pillow between your knees and ankles. Pacing Try to plan your daily activities so that you keep active but do not overdo things.

How can my employer help?

Ask your manager for a risk assessment of your workstation and workplace tasks. If you are an office worker, you should have a supportive, adjustable chair and try to stand up/walk a little every 30 minutes. If your work involves standing/ walking, you should have a few minutes rest sitting down every 30 minutes.

Can I still have sex?

Find a comfortable position which allows you to keep your legs closer together (for example, lying on your side with your partner behind you).

What exercise can I do?

  • Regular low-impact exercise using light to moderate effort is recommended for pregnancy
  • Suitable types of exercise include walking, swimming and exercise classes designed for pregnancy (such as antenatal yoga or Pilates)
  • Avoid the ’frog-kick’ leg action of breast-stroke (keep the thighs closer together, as in front crawl, or use a float to support your pelvis and focus on your arm strokes)
  • Avoid high-impact exercise such as running or tennis or any exercise/dance involving jumps
  • If any exercise causes pain, then limit or stop it.

What pain relief is available for PGP?

Physiotherapy – if your PGP is no better after following these guidelines for two weeks, ask your midwife or GP for a referral to a women’s health physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will examine your pelvic, back and hip joints and the muscles around the joints, also looking at the way you move. Treatment may include an individual exercise programme, exercise in water, manual therapy, advice on posture and daily activities.

Pelvic support belt – a maternity support belt or tubigrip may reduce PGP on walking – ask your physiotherapist for advice.

Osteopathy/Chiropractors – this treatment is not available on the NHS, but may be found helpful by some women. If you consult a therapist, check that they are experienced in treating women in pregnancy or postnatally.

Relaxation – to help to relax the muscles and help reduce tension you may consider relaxation techniques, massage or aromatherapy massage, which may ease pain.

Pain killers – regular paracetamol (1g every four-six hours is safe in pregnancy, but no more than right in 24 hours), is safe during pregnancy  and often necessary to provide some pain relief. Sometimes stronger painkillers are required such as dihydrocodeine or codeine, please discuss this with your doctor. Prolonged use of high dose codeine close to the end of pregnancy may cause babies to be jittery or sleepy when born, your baby will be checked carefully and may need to stay in hospital for a day or so for observation.

We recommend you discontinue codeine after the birth of your baby if you are breastfeeding and an alternative painkiller can be prescribed if needed. Anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen are not recommended in pregnancy but can be safely used after birth.

Does PGP affect labour and birth?

A normal vaginal delivery is recommended as best for you and your baby. There is no evidence that an elective (planned) caesarean section has any additional benefit nor that it will improve recovery or the chances of PGP recurring in future pregnancies. Talk to your midwife or physiotherapist about which positions may be more comfortable for you during labour and the delivery of your baby. You can note these in your birth plan and ask your birth partner to help you into positions where your back and legs are well-supported. Sometimes the midwife or obstetrician will need you to change position for certain procedures or to ensure the well-being of you and your baby. This will always be discussed with you first. The best ways to achieve a normal delivery are if labour starts spontaneously and you use comfortable positions. Research has shown that if you are able to use more upright positions you are likely to have a shorter labour and are less likely to require interventions. Women who have a shorter labour are less likely to have long-term PGP symptoms after delivery.

It is not routine practice to induce (start) labour early for women who have PGP. There may be other reasons why induction of labour is recommended for you.Iif you are suffering very badly with PGP and wish to discuss induction, your midwife will refer you to see an obstetrician to discuss with you if the benefits of induction outweigh the risks for you and your baby.

Your pain relief options during labour are the same as all women having babies. Some women find that warm water such as baths or the birth pool may provide relief.

Will PGP reduce after my baby is born?

For most women, their PGP reduces immediately following delivery, as the weight of the baby is no longer affecting the pelvic joints. However, it is still important to follow the advice given for pregnancy, as the ligaments take at least four-five months to return to their pre-pregnancy condition.

  • Gradually increase your walking distance and activity levels
  • Start doing your pelvic floor exercises again as soon as you feel comfortable after the birth
  • If your PGP is not settling within 4 weeks of the birth, ask to be referred to a women’s health physiotherapist.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pelvic-pain-pregnant-spd


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  • If you are unsure how to do certain exercises, you should consult a professional
  • Remember to warm up before exercising and activities that trigger heavier training
  • Make sure you have enough time to recover from exercise
  • The exercises are varied and focus on strength and mobility

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Pain in the front of the thigh is often caused by tight muscles, weak core muscles, and hypomobility in the joints.In case of persistent illnesses, we recommend that you consult a modern chiropractor, chiropractor or physiotherapist for examination and any treatment.

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Urology | Your family doctor


Among the many symptoms of urological diseases, there are several main groups of complaints that are most often noted by patients with diseases of the genitourinary system:

• Pain in urological diseases can be acute or dull, depending on the degree of intensity.Pain in the lumbar region is characteristic of diseases of the kidneys and ureters. The most acute, intense pain is called renal colic. It occurs when there is a violation of the patency of the upper urinary tract, caused by stones, conglomerates of salts, blood clots and many other factors. Kinks of the ureter or compression from other organs lead to renal colic. Renal colic begins suddenly, often after exercise, walking, but can come on suddenly at rest.The intensity of colic is high, the pain has a paroxysmal character, is located in the lumbar region, but can be “given” to other anatomical areas (groin, thigh, genitals, etc.). Renal colic may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and bloating.

• More than 40 different diseases of the urinary system can cause renal colic, but most of the cases are caused by kidney and ureteral stones. The Urals is an endemic region for urolithiasis. This means that the prevalence of urolithiasis due to the composition of soil, water and other factors is significantly higher than in other regions.

• Pain of varying intensity, dull, aching, bursting, pressing character worries patients in most acute and chronic diseases of the genitourinary system. The localization of pain depends on which organ is affected by the pathological process. With kidney disease, painful sensations are located in the lumbar region, in the lateral regions of the abdomen, can be “given” to the lower abdomen, intensify with physical exertion, when the bladder is filled, during urination.

• In diseases of the bladder, pain can be of varying intensity, is located in the lower abdomen, above the bosom, in the depth of the pelvis, it is often associated with the act of urination, increases with filling or contraction of the bladder. A detailed description of the painful sensations will help the doctor accurately and quickly establish their cause and prescribe effective treatment. Pain in the urethra is often caused by inflammation and increases with urination, manifests itself as cramps, burning, cramping, or discomfort.The most intense pain is in acute urethritis, stone discharge from the bladder, mechanical irritation of the mucous membrane with salt crystals. In chronic pathological processes, the patient is worried about the feeling of heaviness, discomfort in the urethra.

• Pain in diseases of the prostate gland can vary in intensity and localization. In acute inflammatory diseases, severe, bursting, pulsating, paroxysmal pain is disturbed, which is located in the depths of the pelvis, in the groin, above the bosom, in the perineum, in the anus, in the rectum, can be “given” to the sacrum, coccyx, lumbar region, genital organs.In chronic pathological processes in the prostate, the pain is aching, pulling, constant, long-lasting, difficult to treat and negatively affects the emotional mood, performance, sex life of a man.

• Pain in diseases of the external genital organs is also of varying intensity and has characteristic features in different diseases. For acute inflammatory processes, sharp, pronounced pains are typical, as well as changes in the skin and soft tissues over the affected organ (redness, swelling, increase in size, etc.)). Sometimes, in the presence of stones in the bladder or ureter, pain in the external genitals is reflex and the diagnosis in this case requires clarification.

It is important to remember that the “insidiousness” of cancer lies in the scarcity or absence of disease manifestations in the early stages, and pain and other signs of the disease appear at later stages, when treatment is less effective. That is why you should not postpone a visit to the doctor when you have complaints of urinary disorders, changes in urine and pain.

90,000 Hip pain – causes, symptoms and treatment of hip pain

Pain in the hip joint is a manifestation of various kinds of disorders in the body caused by diseases, injuries, age-related changes or congenital pathologies. Depending on the nature of pain sensations and their manifestations, as well as other symptoms, a specialist is able to diagnose a number of diseases and dysfunctions. Their treatment is the primary task of both the doctor and the patient, because the health of a person and his quality of life depend on the performance of the hip joints.

Causes of pain in the hip joints

The range of reasons that can cause pain in the hip joint (it does not matter, left or right) is quite wide. They can be triggered both by damage to the joint itself (most often manifested when walking, moving, changing posture), and disorders of the circulatory system in the thigh area, injuries and diseases of muscles and tendons. In some cases, the cause is reflected pain caused by dysfunction of internal organs.Let’s consider each case in more detail.

There are several possible causes of hip pain:

  • Infectious inflammation. It can be either primary, that is, caused by a direct infection of the thigh area during injury, open injury, or secondary (in case of infection in the cavity of the hip joint with blood or from surrounding tissues). If the pain in the hip joint is caused by inflammation, then it is characterized by redness and swelling, as well as a sharp increase in body temperature.Painful sensations are observed not only when walking, but also in a state of complete rest. In severe inflammatory reactions, the patient cannot move the limb, pain can be given to the leg.
  • Coxarthrosis or arthrosis of the hip joint. A widespread disease (especially after the age of 45), often leading to disability. Caused by degenerative-dystrophic disorders of the structure of the hip joint. In this case, the cartilage of the articular head loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. The reasons for such a violation are usually a lack of nutrition in the joint (area) of the thigh, due to which the tissues do not have time to recover after exertion.In addition to painful sensations, arthrosis manifests itself in the form of a crunch during movement, limitation of mobility, deformation of the joint.
  • Injury. Pain in the hip joint can occur as a result of injuries and appear even after a long time after their treatment. Dislocations and fractures are especially dangerous. Dislocation occurs as a result of a blow to the leg, it is characterized by acute pain, less often by a turn of the limb.
  • Fracture is a common injury after age 60, which is caused by age-related decrease in bone strength or the development of osteoporosis.Obvious signs are acute pain radiating to the leg and groin, the inability to raise the injured limb in the supine position. After injury, swelling quickly appears at the site of the fracture.
  • Bursitis or inflammation of the periarticular bursa. It can be caused by an infection or injury to the hip joint, develop as a result of poor posture or regular microtrauma. With bursitis, pain in the hip joint is acute and increases with walking, movement, at night. The disease is characterized by the rapid development of symptoms, from mild discomfort to acute pain with a tumor after a day.
  • Birth trauma. Congenital dislocations of the hip joints are a common injury that occurs when passing through the birth canal or due to negligence of obstetricians. It is very important already in the first days of a child’s birth to show it to a specialist who can determine the presence of a violation and correct it. If the dislocation is adjusted incorrectly or with impairment, then pain in the hip joint can manifest itself in a more adult return, and damage can cause the diseases described above.
  • Congenital disorders.Autoimmune diseases associated with abnormal development of connective tissue often provoke pain in the hip joints and can cause serious damage. Diabetes mellitus, tuberculosis, measles, rubella and many other diseases that cause complications are also dangerous.

The hip joint is one of the most vulnerable in the human body. Therefore, it is important at the first symptoms to consult a specialist for diagnosis and development of a treatment course.

Diagnosis of pain in the hip joint

Due to the huge variety of possible disorders and symptoms of their manifestations, only an experienced specialist can determine the cause of pain in the hip and diagnose the disease based on detailed research. It is important to give the doctor as much information as possible – whether the hip joint hurts at night or only when moving, the nature of the pain, whether there were any injuries to the femoral region in childhood, etc.

Pain in the hip joint: treatment by an osteopath

Pain in the hip joint when walking is often the result of childhood trauma, and inflammation of the hip joint is caused by a malfunction of the metabolic and circulatory system.

With the traditional approach, when the patient has pain in the hip joint, treatment is prescribed based on the symptoms. In the case of osteopathic treatment, the doctor pays attention to the root cause, correcting these disorders in the body.

But the primary task of the specialist is to stop the pain. For this, specific manual techniques are used to influence certain points of the body. Often, pain is provoked by muscle spasms and a violation of the structure of the skeleton, which leads to deformations of the skeleton, displacement of internal organs, and impingement of the nerve processes.

You can get rid of discomfort by stopping these causes – spasmodic muscle reactions in the femoral region. It is possible to eliminate joint pain caused by various diseases already in the first sessions. After that, the specialist can prescribe bed rest.

Further treatment is aimed at eliminating the causes that caused the disorders (and, as a result, pain) in the hip joint. Depending on the diagnosis, the nature of the disease and the general condition of the body, the specialist prescribes a number of procedures aimed at normalizing blood supply, restoring and strengthening the femoral arteries, veins, and capillaries.At the same time, the patient’s diet is being corrected so that the body receives all the substances necessary for the renewal of cartilage and bone tissue. These two methods of treatment contribute to the rapid recovery of the body, the normalization of the functions of the hip joint.

As the final stage of treatment, as well as an effective prophylactic agent, experts often recommend moderate physical activity, which makes it possible to strengthen the leg and maintain the tone of the body as a whole.

Often in the course of treatment, the osteopath does not even have a direct effect on the hip joint.But this does not interfere with achieving the desired result, since the specialist fights precisely with the initial causes that cause pain in the hip joint at night, while walking, at rest, etc.

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Femoral-acetabular impingement syndrome

The syndrome of femoral-acetabular impingement (impingement syndrome) is one of the abnormalities of the hip joint, in which a collision or collision of articular structures occurs during movement.It is called femoral-acetabular because impingement during movement is possible due to the collision of a part of the femur (more often the neck of the femur or the edge of the femoral head) with the edge of the acetabulum (where the cartilaginous acetabular lip is located).

Normally, impingement is impossible, but if a tubercle develops on the femoral neck, or if the edge of the acetabulum and its lips is uneven, thickened, will stand too much, then it is these tubercles or thickenings that will collide with movements in the joint.In this case, a vicious circle will arise: the impacting formations during movement will inflame, swell, become even larger in size and collide even more strongly. The exact reasons why these irregularities occur, leading to impingement syndrome, are unknown.

Some scientists believe that impingement syndrome is the cause of early arthrosis of the hip joint.

There are two impingement mechanisms that can exist in the same hip joint at the same time:

1) eccentric impingement caused by the non-spherical shape of the head, the presence of deformation at its base on the femoral neck.This variant is sometimes called cam-impingement, from the English word cam – cam mechanism.

2) pincer-impingement caused by excessive covering of the acetabulum. The name comes from the English word pincer – tongs.

Diagnosis of femoral-acetabular impingement syndrome (impingement syndrome)

The main symptom of hip impingement is pain that occurs in a certain position. With cam-impingement, as a rule, this is flexion and external rotation (rotation around the axis).It is in this position that impingement occurs most often, i.e. impact. With pincer-impingement, which is based on the deep position of the head in the acetabulum, the impact occurs in a wider range of motion (flexion, extension, abduction, and their combinations).

In the diagnosis, an examination by a doctor plays an important role, who will determine, using tests, the position in which pain occurs. It is worth noting that signs similar to the symptoms of cam-impingement can occur with other injuries and diseases that cause pain in the hip joint, for example, a ruptured acetabular lip can give a similar picture.

To clarify the diagnosis, radiographs are performed, which must be done not only in the standard anteroposterior projection, but also in the axial, i.e. lateral. The fact is that a mild cam deformity is often not visible on a traditional anteroposterior radiograph, but it can be clearly seen on an axial radiograph. Bone changes during impingement syndrome are not always pronounced, therefore, sometimes control radiographs of the opposite, healthy hip joint must be performed.

Both computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging can be useful in diagnostics, which will help determine other causes of pain in the hip joint that are not caused by impingement.

Unfortunately, doctors are rarely aware of the problem of hip impingement syndrome and often misdiagnosed, and the true cause of the pain is ignored.

Treatment of femoral-acetabular impingement syndrome (impingement syndrome)

Conservative treatment does not eliminate the cause of the impingement, so it is rarely effective.Nevertheless, in case of unexpressed pincer deformities, it can be useful due to the vicious circle we have already mentioned: the impact causes inflammation, the inflamed and inflamed acetabular lip swells, increases in size and is even more involved in impingement. In this case, unloading the joint, taking paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, ortfen, etc.), avoiding movements that lead to impingement can help cope with the exacerbation, but will not solve the problem in principle.

Conservative treatment for cam-impingement does not act on the cause of the disease in principle, but it must be remembered that even in this case, with a mild impact, unloading of the joint, pain relievers can help to survive the period of exacerbation of pain.

The only way to get rid of the cause of impingement is by surgery, but this does not mean that any impingement should be operated on. First of all, one should focus on the degree to which the existing impingement interferes with life, work, sports.
Mild cam and pincer deformities can be treated arthroscopically: a video camera and instruments are inserted through 1 centimeter-long punctures into the joint cavity. Using a special arthroscopic drill, a bony protrusion on the femoral neck is resected (removed) at the base of the femoral head during cam deformity and / or a part of the acetabular lip is resected during pincer-impingement. As we have already noted, very often these two types of impingement exist simultaneously, therefore, during the operation, it is necessary to correct both the femoral neck and the acetabulum.It is worth noting that arthroscopic surgery for impingement is far from always possible technically, moreover, the world’s leading experts on this problem prefer to perform the traditional open surgery rather than arthroscopic.

Ruptures of the acetabulum are often associated with impingement, which are treated in the same way as traditional ruptures due to trauma or degenerative changes.

Impingement syndrome is the cause of the development of arthrosis of the hip joint, which is a progressive disease.When the leading cause of pain and a significant decrease in the quality of life is not impingement, but arthrosis itself, then hip arthroplasty may be required.

Osteoarthritis of the hip joint

Osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a condition in which the smooth sliding surfaces of the joint (articular cartilage) are damaged. This usually results in pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in the joint.

The most common type of arthrosis, osteoarthritis deformans, usually develops in elderly patients as a result of deterioration of the cartilage.

The joint can also be affected as a result of inflammatory diseases (arthritis), such as rheumatoid arthritis and others, including those of an autoimmune nature.

Arthrosis can also develop if the hip joint has not developed as expected and has an irregular structure (dysplastic coxarthrosis).

There is also post-traumatic arthrosis, which develops as a result of trauma (failure to heal properly in the area of ​​the hip joint).

Arthrosis can result from osteonecrosis (aseptic or avascular necrosis), which is characterized by the necrosis of part of the bone tissue.

The initial manifestations of arthrosis of the hip joint are treated conservatively, in the later stages arthroplasty (replacement) of the hip joint is performed.

Arthrosis of the hip joint

Most of people in their lives experience joint pain. The reasons can be monotonous or excessive physical activity, side effects of medications, and many, etc. However, in some cases, pain can signal the occurrence of serious joint diseases.The unequivocal causes of such diseases have not yet been established, for sure we can only talk about the adverse effects on the joints of bad habits, a sedentary lifestyle, and excess weight. Unfortunately, most of the patients suffering from this ailment go to the doctor when the disease is in a deeply neglected form, which significantly complicates treatment. Therefore, at the first signs of arthrosis, you should immediately contact a qualified specialist.

Symptoms and causes of arthrosis of the hip joint

The causes of arthrosis of the hip joint can be both a hereditary genetic predisposition to the disease, and metabolic disorders or chronic injuries.Even such a factor as tight and uncomfortable clothing that restricts the freedom of movement of the hips can lead to arthrosis.

How to recognize the symptoms of arthrosis in yourself? Most often, this diagnosis is observed in women after 40 years (70% of all patients). Men in adulthood are also susceptible to diseases of this kind, but they are much less likely to get sick than women.

First of all, the aching pain in the groin and thighs, aggravated after physical exertion, with a change in body position and sudden movements, should be alerted.Clicks and crunching in joints, limited movement, slight lameness are also signs of the disease. If a person has several of the above symptoms, then an examination should be carried out as early as possible in order to identify the disease at an early stage and take measures for treatment.

Disease diagnosis

The diagnosis of arthrosis can be confirmed only after passing the necessary examinations:

· visual examination of the patient will determine the direction for further action;

· taking a biochemical and general blood test will help identify inflammatory processes in the body that accompany arthrosis;

· X-ray examination will allow examining possible bone tissue disorders;

· MRI visualizes the slightest damage and changes in the cartilage tissue of the joints.

A set of measures for the study of cartilaginous tissues allows detecting the disease at early stages, which greatly simplifies the treatment and makes it more effective.


Osteoarthritis is accompanied by acute pain and limited movement, which can make it difficult to carry out medical procedures, therefore, steroid pain relievers are usually used to eliminate such symptoms. They have anti-inflammatory properties and effectively relieve painful sensations.However, it should be borne in mind that these drugs only reduce the manifestations, and do not cure the disease. Such medications as chondroprotectors, on the contrary, nourish and restore damaged cartilage tissue, help to improve the production of cartilaginous fluid. Complex therapy will maximize the effectiveness of treatment.

Experiencing constant pain, patients often forget about physical activity, however, at least in minimal amounts, they are necessary. Massage will help to improve blood circulation, absorption of necessary medications.Acupuncture, traditional and other types of massage have a beneficial effect not only on the sore joint, but also on the entire body as a whole. There are medicinal and pain relievers in the form of ointments, balms, injections, etc., however, their use must be agreed with the attending physician.

Late access to a specialist is guaranteed to lead to the emergence of a chronic form of the disease, which is extremely difficult to treat. Joint diseases inevitably change the patient’s quality of life for the worse, so you should take care of your health today.