Hip Pain Symptoms

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Look Inside the Hip Joint

Your hips are the largest weight bearing joints in your body. The hip joint consists of two parts: the hip socket and the rounded "ball" at the top of the thighbone that fits into it. Smooth, glossy cartilage covers the two bone surfaces where they meet, providing a cushion for ease of motion.

Every time you take a step the "Ball" at the top of the femur moves around in its smooth fitting "house". Range of motion is vast, but also the pain can be if the cartilage is warn or damaged. Damaged cartilage can lead to various forms of arthritis.


What are the Symptoms of Hip Osteoarthritis?

  •     Steady aching pain that becomes more severe as the disease advances
  •     Groin pain when walking
  •     Pain worsens with activity
  •     Painful, limping gait
  •     Range of hip motion is progressively lost
  •     X-ray's show joint deterioration

This disease usually affects older people 50 - 80 years and may affect people with a family history of arthritis.


What are the Symptoms of Hip Rheumatoid Arthritis?

  •     Fatigue
  •     Restless sleepless nights
  •     Joint and soreness
  •     Stiffness when walking
  •     Aching joints
  •     Loss of appetite
  •     Lumps may form under the skin
  •     Fever

As many as 36 million people in the United States have some form of arthritis or joint inflammation. It is a major cause of lost work time and serious disability for many people.

Unlike Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect people of all ages though is more common in those over 45 years. More women than men are generally affected.