Hip injuries are painful and are also common. Hip injuries may stem from weakened bones (typically caused by osteoarthritis or osteoporosis) which is often seen in older adults. Similarly, young adults are at risk for hip injuries due to overuse or heavy impact from sports or physical activity. In fact five to nine percent of high school athlete injuries involve the hips.
Such injuries range from strains to fractures. Your hip is the joint where your thigh bone meets your pelvis bone. It’s no surprise that these ball-and-socket joints help you move; consequently, when your hip is injured, it affects every step.
A common hip injury for young adults is a hip flexor strain. To prevent this injury try the following:
– Increase core strength,
– Improve flexibility of calves, quadriceps and hip flexors,
– Warm-up prior to intense activity
Another common injury is a hip fracture, typically seen in older adults. Many of these fractures are caused from falls. Learn about fall prevention here.
Treatment plans vary but may include rest, physical therapy or surgery. It’s important to seek out your options to ensure the best treatment for your injury. Questions? Feel free to contact us.
-Wayne McKinnley, PT, OCS