Hip Joint Pain – When
It Is An Emergency
Or Something Else…

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Assessment of hip pain can be tricky business due to the complex web of nerves, arteries and other vessels that are contained in the area  of what is commonly known as the hip joint…

Reading and researching for several areas within the pelvic girdle can help you pin point what is going on; here are the links for this section on hip joint pain:

 There are two conditions - breakage and sepsis ( infection) that pose as serious matters when we are looking at hip joint pain. So we need to get a clear idea in our mind whether this is a simple pain in the hip…

Or, if there are signs and symptoms present indicating a more serious condition...


Hip Joint Pain That Is

From A Fracture...

Six different ways the head of the femur can be fractured - creating an instability in your hip.

Here is the hip fracture check list:

  • Did you have a sudden fall or were you in an accident, or has your hip given way when you tried to walk...?
  • Do your toes on the side of your painful hip turn outward...?
  • Is it painful to put weight on your hip…?
  • Is straightening or lifting that leg painful…?

If this accurately describes what is happening with you, please seek medical care immediately...

Whether we belong to the senior citizen crowd or are a senior at school, fracturing a hip is never out of the question…

A skiing accident, a slip and fall on ice, or taking a tumble down a few stairs can happen to any of us…

It is important that you do not wait in this situation because of the

  • Arteries...
  • Nerves...
  • Veins...
  • Lymph…

In the immediate area of the hip joint...


This illustration shows the complexity of tissue in and around your hip, thigh and leg.

If you look at the diagram, all of these vessels travel through the area that people generally refer to as their hip…

Damage in that area can lead to permanent damage and may even be fatal if you are not seen to right away…!

The main concern in this situation is a ligament at the head of your femur, a triangular flat band, which provides a pathway for blood vessels to supply blood to the bone at the head of the femur…

If that blood supply is cut off, necrosis (necrosis is tissue that is dead or decaying due to lack of blood supply) could set into the bone tissue…

And, as I said earlier and as the diagram above shows, there are many more structures than just that one to be concerned about so you will need to be seen to right away…

If you are having severe hip pain that does not match this description, you can click on the link in blue...

You may also want to check out some additional information on sciatica if you are still looking  for a match to your symptoms...

Another common complaint involving hip joint pain is actually S.I. joint pain, go to this link to read more...


An Infection In The Hip

Usually Occurs In Children…

The most common occurance of hip joint pain due to infection is in children...

Hip Joint Pain that is an infection that usually occurs in children who are between the ages of two and six years of age, it is uncommon in occurrence, but it does happen and the outcome will be determined by how immediate the care is…

Teenagers can come up with an infection in the hip as well but this is even less common…

If you notice or your child complains of :

  • Heat around the joint...
  • Redness...
  • Swelling around the hip joint…
  • FEVER...

This is a condition that requires immediate care and you will need to seek help immediately! Other symptoms you may see are …

  • Limping...
  • Inability or reluctance to use the hip and leg…
  • Severe pain on weight bearing...

The doctor will have a sample of fluid taken from the affected hip to determine which type of bacteria is present so that the correct antibiotic course can be chosen...

Staphylococcus Aureus is the bacteria commonly found in hip sepsis (infection)...

There will be a course of antibiotics administered…

If the child is unwell, there will be a hospital stay and antibiotics will be fed through a drip line…

Other possible situations involve:

  • Septic Arthritis:

This is infectious arthritis of the synovial lining of the joint...

When there is an infection in the bone itself, this is regarded as a medical emergency.
  • Osteomylitis:

Which is an infection in the bone…

Both of these need immediate medical attention as well. Infection in this particular area will not only cause hip joint pain, but is dangerous due to the number of pathways it can take to other organs including the brain...


After A Course Of Antibiotics

Is Given The Gut Flora
Must Be Rebuilt…

Antibiotics have saved countless lives and are vitally necessary for dangerous levels of bacterial invasion into the human body…

However, they kill the good bugs in your body as well as the destructive ones. The latest research demonstrates that the human gut is the body's second brain…

It regulates more systems in the body than was known until quite recently…

If you use pro-biotics, it is a good idea to have a reliable company that has stabilized their product so that it is still live and usable upon delivery to you…

  • I recommend D'Adamo pro-biotics specific to blood type because different types have different guts...

I have been using his products for over 10 years now and find them to be safe, reliable and potent…


Hip Joint Pain That Is Not

Urgent But Still Requires
Medical Attention…

There are several additional types of joint pain sequences that are related to hip pain, due to osteoarthritis for example, that will need medical attention, but they are not as urgent…

Perhaps you are expriencing hip pain after sitting , walking or running. These are symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis, and if you click the above link, you can read more...

To read more on hip joint pain you can also go to Five Causes Of Hip Pain and how they affect your body...

If you have ruled out an medical emergency, you may also want to visit the hip pain relief page for what you can do at home...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief

In Children Look For Symptoms
Of Slipped Capital Femoral
Epiphysis…

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis should be considered if your child is complaining of hip pain and refusing to put weight down into their foot...

The symptoms of slipped capital femoral epiphysis are important to know because you want to catch this as early as possible…

If your child is telling you or showing you that they have pain in the:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Groin

These symptoms can express several things but one of the most common occurrences is called Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis…

If diagnosis reveals this as the case, there is a weakness of the growth plate and the ball at the upper end of the femur has slipped backward…

The hip will not have a full range of motion with a complete loss of hip flexion…

Also inward rotation of the hip will be severely reduced or there will be a complete inability to perform this motion...

Onset is usually during periods of accelerated growth after the onset of puberty…

This condition is classed as unusual but not rare and will require surgical intervention…


Congenital Hip
Problems…

Hip dysplasia is classified as a congenital disorder of the hips.
  • If you hear a clicking noise in your hip...

Hip joint pain may also occur due to a congenital hip problem…

This is a deformity that would have begun before birth. If symptoms do not occur until later, it can be that the person had lead a fairly sedentary life and then decided to lose weight for example and started a running or exercise regime…

High impact sport or exercise will irritate the hip in this case and from this there is also a variety of back pains which may occur…

This is of course not an exhaustive list of the many problems involved in hip joint pain, but a few of the biggies that will require medical attention…

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”