Do you suffer from hip pain? It can be extremely painful and severely impact your day-to-day activities. Both men and women have hip pain but they experience it differently. For men, it often occurs as pain in the front of the hip or groin. In women, what is perceived as hip pain may be radiating from the back, upper thigh, or buttock. These differences are largely attributed to the variations in bone structure between the two sexes. In both men and women, the first thing a doctor will do is determine that the pain is actually coming from your hip joint.
Women are more likely to experience hip pain due to problems with the socket, or acetabulum. The socket may be too shallow or deep, leading to pain. In men, issues are more likely to be with the femoral side of the acetabulum due to a too-large or oddly-shaped femoral head and neck.
Common Causes Of Hip Pain
One of the most common causes of hip pain in women is from wear-and-tear arthritis. As they age, the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones in a joint wears away. As a result, the joint begins to swell and become stiff. Arthritis causes hip pain in men, too. The difference is that it’s not the most common cause of hip pain in men. Instead, their pain often comes from injuries related to exercising or performing in sports. Muscle strains, damage to the tendons, bursitis, and damage to the cartilage of the hips are becoming more prevalent in men at a younger age. The number of younger men having hip replacement surgery is also on the rise. Surgery that was once considered the last resort for joint pain in older adults is now becoming a necessity in an increasing number of younger men.
After arthritis, women are more likely to experience hip pain from hip fractures. Women are at a greater risk of hip fractures, especially for older women with osteoporosis. Other causes of hip pain are tendinitis and bursitis which often occur from overuse. Women are also at risk of hernias in the groin area as well as gynecological and back issues that cause hip pain. One example is endometriosis where uterine tissue grows in areas outside of the uterus. Depending on the area of tissue growth, the condition can cause pain in the hips, the buttocks, and the back.
Treating Hip Pain
While the cause and frequency of hip pain differ between men and women, the approach to treatment is the same. The first step is to see an orthopaedic doctor to have your pain diagnosed and find out the cause and extent of the problem. The doctor will then explain your options for treatment. Minor injuries may be treated with heat, rest, and over-the-counter NSAIDs. If you have a more serious injury or condition of the hip joint, one of several treatments may be recommended, including hip arthroscopy, hip resurfacing, total hip replacement, or revision hip replacement.
You should never make assumptions about what is causing your hip pain. The sooner you get it diagnosed and treat the cause, the less time it will have to progress. To get a diagnosis for your hip pain and learn more about your treatment options, make an appointment with Capital Ortho today. Our team of orthopaedic doctors is capable of treating a range of problems.