What causes hip pain in women, and how easily it can be treated  

By TNT Bureau

Feb 23, 2017: Hip pain is common among women. Hip pain can be due to different causes—determining the correct cause is important to get the best treatment.

Hip pain means pain in the side of the upper thigh or upper buttock. It is usually felt in the groin or on the outside of the hip directly over where the hip joint is located.

Common causes

Arthritis: The most common cause of hip pain in women is arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. As women age, the wear-and-tear affects them. Arthritis pain is usually felt in the front thigh or in the groin, due to stiffness or swelling in the joint.

Hip fractures: Hip fractures is common among older women with osteoporosis. Symptoms of a hip fracture include pain when you straighten, lift, or stand on your leg. Also, the toes on your injured side turn out.

Tendinitis and bursitis: The tendons around the hip joints the muscles to the joint. These tendons become inflamed when overused.

Hernia: In the groin area, femoral and inguinal hernias can cause anterior hip pain in women.

Gynecological and back issues: Hip pain can be due to gynecological causes.

Endometriosis (when the uterus lining grows somewhere else) it can cause pelvic tenderness, which some women describe as hip pain.

Hip pain treatment

Hip pain treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Pain due to overuse or injuries is treated with heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

To prevent hip injuries, do some stretchings before exercising and wear good shoes when running.

If overuse is the cause, stop those activities that aggravate the discomfort. Excess weight can put pressure on the hip joint, so losing weight can provide relief. Causes like fractures or hernias, may need surgery.

Rest: In hip pain, rest is a key treatment, and avoiding the activities that cause the pain is very important.

Ice: Ice pack to the area is beneficial.

Compression: Compression by wrapping a thick bandage around the pelvis and hip is also effective.

Elevation: Elevating a painful joint can reduce swelling and help relieve pain.

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