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Understanding Hip Diseases


The hip joint is a major weight-bearing joint that supports your upper body and provides stability. However, the hip can be prone to certain diseases and conditions, such as herniated discs and arthritis, which can cause chronic pain, muscle weakness, and reduced mobility. If you suffer from hip pain or stiffness, it’s important to get evaluated by a qualified orthopedic specialist who can create a custom treatment plan to ease your symptoms.


Herniated Discs

Herniated discs occur when the protective cushioning between vertebrae in the spine becomes damaged or weakened. This can cause the disc to bulge out of its normal position, impinging nerves near the spine. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include radiating pain down your legs or arms, numbness or tingling in your extremities, and muscle weakness.


Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis that affects the hips. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage begins to break down due to age and wear-and-tear on the joint over time. Symptoms vary but may include persistent pain that worsens with activity, limited range of motion in hips or legs, swelling at the joint site, and stiffness after periods of rest. Additionally, osteoarthritis can cause changes in posture due to muscle imbalances caused by hip pain and weakness.


Fractures

Traumatic fractures are usually caused by falls or high-impact activities that put undue stress on the joints or bones of the hips. If you experience any sudden severe hip pain following an accident or injury, seek medical attention right away as this could be indicative of a fracture. Symptoms may include intense localized pain at injury site; swelling; bruising; inability to bear weight on affected leg; deformity near fracture site; numbness near fracture site; or difficulty moving affected leg.


At Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC we specialize in diagnosing and treating all types of hip diseases. Our board-certified team offers comprehensive evaluations for herniated discs as well as treatments for osteoarthritis and fractures that help relieve your symptoms so you can get back to enjoying life without constant discomfort from chronic hip issues. Don’t let untreated hip problems keep you from doing what you love – contact us today to schedule an appointment!


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