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Hip Pain - Causes - Symptoms - Diagnosis - Treatment - Pain Relief

Information on hip pain, arthritis, conditions, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, pain relief, prevention, surgery and other treatment options. The hip is a ball and socket joint. When affected by arthritis, limited range of motion makes walking, climbing, and bending difficult. Hip replacement surgery is an option for relieving pain and restoring mobility.
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  2. A - Z: Natural Therapies
  3. A - Z: Pain Relief
  4. A - Z: Sports Injury
  5. A - Z: Surgery
  6. A - Z: Treatments
  7. Back Pain
  8. Joint Protection
  9. Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  10. Spine Pain

Hip Arthritis - An Overview
Hip arthritis can be very debilitating. Conservative treatment is tried first, but joint replacement surgery may be necessary to control pain and improve function.

Hip Pain - What You Should Know
Injury and arthritis are two of the common causes of hip pain. Learn more about hip pain.

Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Risk of Hip Fracture
Proton pump inhibitors which are taken for acid-related diseases and also by many arthritis patients trying to reduce gastrointestinal side effects caused by NSAIDs have been linked to an increased risk of hip fracture. Proton pump inhibitors include Nexium, Protonix, Prevacid, Aciphex and Prilosec.

Hip pain
Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. Hip-related pain is not always felt directly over the hip. Instead, you may feel it in the middle of your thigh. Similarly, pain you feel in the hip may actually reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself.

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

The Back Pain Quiz
Back pain is a very common condition. Four out of 5 people will actually experience low back pain sometime in their life. How much do you know about back pain? Do you know how it's treated? Do you know if you can prevent it? Take The Back Pain Quiz.

The Pain Relief Quiz
How much do you know about relieving pain? Pain serves as the signal that something is wrong in the body. There are many pain relieving techniques which can be tried. Do you know about the various pain treatment options? Take the Pain Relief Quiz.

The Pain Quiz - Acute vs. Chronic Pain
There's more to know about pain than the fact that it hurts. Do you know the difference between acute and chronic pain? Do men and women respond to pain differently? How many older people take a painkiller on a regular basis? What is R.I.C.E.? Are there any non-drug pain relievers? How much do you know about pain?

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System
The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System is an alternative to traditional hip replacement.

20 Tips To Help You Prepare For Surgery
If an arthritis patient can go into joint replacement surgery with a sense of preparedness and peace of mind, the chance of a successful outcome increases. Here are 20 tips to help you get ready.

Preventing Blood Clots After Total Hip Replacement
The development of post-op blood clots after hip replacement is not uncommon.

Developmental dysplasia of the hip
DDH is a malformation of the hip joint found in babies or young children. (Illustrated)

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
A slipped capitol femoral epiphysis is a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone (femur) at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone.

Alternatives to Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is not without its own problems, and therefore many patients wonder if there are alternatives to hip replacement.

Toxic synovitis
Toxic synovitis is a condition affecting children that causes hip pain and limping. It occurs in children prior to the onset of puberty and is a transient arthritis of the hip that usually resolves on its own. Toxic synovitis is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that it is diagnosed when other, more serious conditions, have been ruled out.

Hip joint replacement
The hip joint is a ball-in-socket joint where the ball or head of the femur (thigh bone) joins the pelvis at the socket called the acetabulum. (Illustrated)

What Are Osteophytes (Bone Spurs)?
Osteophytes develop in joints damaged by arthritis. The bony protrusions are also called bone spurs. X-rays may reveal osteophytes in the hip.

Hip Fracture (Broken Hip)
A "broken hip" and a "hip fracture" mean the same thing. Hip fractures are generally separated into two types of fractures: Femoral Neck Fractures and Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures.

Hip fracture (Image)
Hip fractures occur as a result of major or minor trauma. In elderly patients with bones weakened by osteoporosis, relatively little trauma, even walking, may result in a hip fracture.

Hip Replacements Can Loosen
Though hip replacement surgery can relieve pain dramatically and improve mobility, it is not always a permanent solution. Implant loosening can result in the need for revision surgery.

How to recover from hip replacement surgery
Important advice to make your recovery from hip replacement surgery without complications.

Hip joint replacement
This surgery is performed to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device (a prosthesis).

Sciatica - Sciatic nerve dysfunction
Sciatica is a condition involving impaired movement and/or sensation in the leg, it occurs when there is damage to the sciatic nerve, located in the back of the leg. Sciatica is a form of peripheral neuropathy. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg and the sole of the foot.

Pelvis X-ray
A pelvis X-ray is an examination involving images of the bones of the lower torso. The X-ray is used to detect fractures, tumors, or degenerative conditions of bones in the hips, pelvis, and upper legs.

Pelvic Insufficiency Fracture
An insufficiency fracture of the pelvis occurs when thin, weakened bone is trying to carry the normal load of the body. Because the bone is thin and weak from osteoporosis, it is prone to fracture.

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