When to See a Hip Specialist
Hip injuries, hip disorders, and hip arthritis can result in severe hip pain that can only be alleviated with professional medical attention. You may need to see a hip specialist if you:
- Feel intense hip pain with weight-bearing, turning your leg, or sitting
- Are unable to bear any weight on your leg
- Are unable to move your leg or hip
- Feel a “catching” sensation and pain when you move your hip
- Notice your hip joint looks deformed
Many different conditions can lead to hip pain, including:
Can be caused by ordinary wear-and-tear or as a result of other conditions.
This is a condition in which a loss of blood supply leads to bone death. Left undiagnosed and untreated, avascular necrosis can cause bones to become fragile and collapse.
Structural Hip Disorders
Hip dysplasia and hip impingement (doctors call it femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI) may result from a deformity in the hip joint. These may be diagnosed in childhood or young adulthood but result in hip pain and, ultimately, arthritis in later years.
Sudden, Traumatic Hip Injuries
Younger athletes are more likely to suffer hip pain as a result of a blunt impact to their hips, or because of a strain, inflammation, or rupture of the muscles, tendons (tendonitis), or joint lining (bursitis). Labral tears, which can result from the way the hip joint is formed, are becoming increasingly common in young athletes who play highly competitive sports.
Hip fractures can occur at any age. In young people, significant trauma is typically the cause. In older adults, bones can be more fragile and may fracture due to something as simple as a fall from a standing height.