Hip socket pain can be caused by many different things and can be very serious. While I think it is good to learn about the Hip and possible causes keep in mind this article will only address the most common causes and that to get an exact diagnosis and treatment you need to see a doctor.
While reading the rest of this post I’d like you to try and think of when your pain started and also what kind of pain is it. There are many types of pain, i.e. chronic as opposed to infrequent, burning versus dull etc.
What Causes Hip Socket Pain?
Like I mentioned earlier there are many ways in which the Hip joint can become impaired and cause you pain, here are the most common ones:
- Hip arthritis is a condition where the cartilage that protects the Hip structures in the joint is worn away. Typically sufferers feel minor pain or stiffness that progressively gets worse.
- Hip bursitis is a condition where pain is caused by inflamed bursas in the hip socket. Bursas are the cushions that, when working properly, cushion and guide bones during movement. They can become inflamed from a blunt force trauma, which is why athletes often get bursitis.
- A particular ugly disease called osteonecrosis can also cause severe Hip socket pain. What happens is that the joint requires a certain amount of blood for survival, so if it doesn’t get this blood flow the bones connecting in the socket will die. Blood flow can be impaired by several internal mechanisms, and it is really important to try and catch this early.
- Does your hip socket ever ‘pop’ when you lift your leg up? If so you may have snapping hip syndrome. Typically this syndrome is caused by repetitive movement which can cause inflammation near the hip. Tendons or other similar structures can then get caught on bones during movement and snap.
- While rare, it is possible you have a hip fracture and didn’t know yet. Partial fractures from trauma or large falls can fracture either the pelvis or femur (thigh bone) and cause varying amounts of pain depending on how complete the break is.
Treating Hip Socket Pain
There’s only 1 step that you are required to do to treat hip socket pain and that is to go see a doctor. All of these different conditions are treated differently and you need proper equipment and expertise that only your doctor can provide to diagnose your injury correctly.
With the amount of possible hip injuries that can cause pain the chances of you correctly self-diagnosing in most cases is low.