The hip is the joint where your femur (thigh bone) meets your pelvis (hip bone). There are two main parts to the hip: a ball at the end of the femur which connects to the socket in the pelvis. The hip is referred to as the ball-and-socket joint. The hip joint can take repeated motion and wear and tear but that does not mean it could never be injured. Over time the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused and leave the hip exposed to injury.
Common Causes of Hip Injuries
Arthritis: Because of age, trauma, or other factors can cause the cartilage in the hip to break down causing the bones to rub together during any movement.
Bursitis: The swelling and inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sacs) can cause pain and ache in the hip and outside thigh area.
Labral Tears: The labrum is the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint. Trauma, repetitive motions, and hereditary conditions can cause painful tears in the labrum.
Snapping Hip Syndrome: This syndrome is often described by a snapping sensation in the hip when the hip is extended. Connective tissues that support the hip thicken and catch as they slide back and forth across the femur causing a snapping sensation.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS): Injury of the connective tissues that are located on the outer thigh and knee causing pain and tenderness between the hip and knees.
Hip Injury Specialist in the Bay Area
Dr. Kerisimasi “Masi” Reynolds specializes in the treatment of the hip joint. Dr. Masi has extensive knowledge in treating a wide range of hip injuries due to degenerative orthopedic conditions, sports-related injuries, and accident-related injuries. Dr. Masi offers advanced orthopedic treatments to help relieve pain and improve mobility.
If you are in the Bay area and are still experiencing hip pain, call Dr. Masi today to schedule a consultation.