There are many different types of hip injuries; however, there are a few that are more common than others. Common types of hip injuries include tendonitis, bursitis, contusions and sprains. These conditions can cause hip pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Tendonitis of the Hip
Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon or area surrounding the tendon. There are many tendons located around the hip that connect the muscles to the joint. These tendons become stressed and overworked due to various activities or overuse injuries and cause pain and tenderness around the hip region.
Symptoms include an inability to move comfortably, pain while resting or sleeping at night, difficulty bending your hips, and hip swelling.
Bursitis of the Hip
Bursitis is a painful inflammation in your body’s joints usually caused by overuse or repetitive stress on your hip. There are more than 150 bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs) in your body that lubricate and cushion pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. When inflammation of the bursa occurs (bursitis), movement or pressure becomes painful.
Symptoms include a dull ache or stiffness, swollen or warm to the touch, redness in the area of the inflamed bursa, and an increase of pain with movement or pressure.
Contusions & Sprains of the Hip
Contusions (bruises) & sprains may occur as a result of trauma. Even though there is no broken bone, these injuries can still be very painful. Sprains are due to ligament injuries. Strains occur because of damage to muscles and tendons. Because of the amount of force required to walk or jump, the hip joint is required to support many times the weight of the body. The muscles, bursas, and ligaments are designed to shield the joint from these forces. When these structures are inflamed, the hip cannot function and pain will occur.
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