The hip joint, the largest joint in the body, is durable, but not indestructible. And with age and use, it can get damaged.

Hip pain is a frequent complaint that can be caused by numerous problems. This type of pain may occur when running, walking or engaging in a physical activity.

Symptoms

Causes

Hip FracturesHip Fractures implant

Hip fractures are breaks or cracks in the top of the thigh bone close to the hip joint. This is more usual in older people. According to a study, 14.3 percent of 60-year-old adults and older reported having hip pain. Occasionally pain is referred to the knee and is hence misinterpreted as a knee abnormality.

OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis,

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, it’s the most frequent type of arthritis. This condition wears down the cartilage that allows your hip bones to slide gently over one another as you move. It can reduce the range of movement and cause significant pain.

Other symptoms may include:

  • swelling of the joint;
  • deep, aching pain in the joint;
  • stiffness after resting;
  • problems dressing or combing hair;
  • pain when walking;
  • morning stiffness;
  • joint is warm to touch;
  • fatigue;
  • problems bending over or sitting;
  • problems gripping objects.

It typically develops in persons over 45 years of age.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is a serious autoimmune disease described by chronic joint inflammation. About 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from this condition.  Approximately 3 times as many females as males are affected. It commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 50.

Signs and symptoms include the following:

  • weakness;
  • aching or pain in more than one joint;
  • tiredness;
  • stiffness in more than one joint;
  • fatigue;
  • fever;
  • unexplained weight loss;
  • the same symptoms on both sides of the body;
  • swelling and tenderness in more than one joint.

Hip Dysplasia

This condition develops around the time of birth and during childhood. It generally affects the left hip and develops more frequently in:

  • babies born in the breech position;
  • first-born children;
  • girls.

The first sign of the condition in an adolescent is usually hip pain and a limp. Nobody really knows what causes hip dysplasia.

Repetitive Motionrunning treadmill exercise

This includes cycling or running (especially when running uphill or on a treadmill) and it can irritate the muscles in and around the pelvis, leading to chronic pain.

Bone Cancers

Bone cancer starts in the cells that make up the bone. An estimated 2,400 cases of bone cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain.

Bursitis

It is a painful condition that affects the fluid-filled sacs. This condition can cause pain when you move. Bursitis may limit motion, however, usually does not cause deformity.

The most common causes of bursitis are:

  • preexisting rheumatoid conditions;
  • infection;
  • trauma;
  • repetitive motions.

Symptoms of bursitis include the following:

  • thickening of the bursae;
  • redness;
  • swelling;
  • pain.

Osteonecrosis

Osteonecrosis, also called Avascular necrosis, it’s a condition that occurs when there is a loss of blood to the bone. This condition can affect individuals of any age, but it is most frequent in people in their fifties.

Corticosteroid (a class of steroid hormones) use is the most common cause of the condition. An estimated 21,500 Americans every year enter hospitals for treatment of osteonecrosis of the hip.

Back or Spine Problemse

This can cause numbness, pain, or weakness in the hips, legs, or back.

Infection In The Bone Or Joint

Staphylococcus aureus is the most common pathogen responsible for the bone infection. In adults, these infections generally appear in the spine, hips, spine, and feet. In kids, the infections most usually occur in the long bones of the legs and arms.

Spiritual Causes and Meaning of Hip Pain

Hips represent the use of free will in order for an individual to find his own way in the material plane. A hip problem highlights the lack of use of one’s free will and not having a purpose in life. A pain in the hips indicates a fear in taking important decisions.

Furthermore, hips are connected with the second chakra, better known as Swadhisthana chakra. The Sanskrit word ”Swadhisthana” represents ”the place where the mind is established.”

sacral chakra hip pain

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Swadhisthana chakra, situated at the sacrum, is linked with the control of the genitals and holds subconscious sexual desires as well. In addition, this chakra acts as an archive of personal emotions and impressions and is the chakra of creativity. It helps us connect to other people through sensation, desire, and movement.

An imbalance in the second chakra can result in the inability to set limits and a constant tendency to become dramatic and over-emotional. If this chakra is working well, then you can associate with people easily.

More importantly, you will be able to maintain a peaceful mind free from doubts, worries, distraction, and confusion.

Natural Remedies for Hip Pain

Acupunctureacupuncture for metaphysical pain

It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles through the sufferer’s skin at exact points on the body.

Yogabeautiful women yoga by the sea sunshine

You can try these asanas: Gomukhasana, Baddha Konasana, or Gomukhasana.

Tai Chi

It is a type of meditation and yoga combined. Tai Chi is known to relieve pain and improve muscular flexibility, strength, and overall quality of life.

Consume Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and SpicesTurmeric (Curcuma longa) in a bowl

The following herbs and spices have potent anti-inflammatory properties – black pepper, coriander, cloves, ginger, thyme, Jamaican allspice, basil, dill, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom, marjoram, turmeric, lemongrass, oregano, cumin, sage, or fenugreek.

Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods

blueberries in a bowl

Fruits (blueberries, pineapple, bananas, strawberries, limes, lemons, cherries, and oranges), vegetables (spinach, collards, Swiss chard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, broccoli, celery, and cabbage), grains (brown rice, buckwheat, millet, groats, quinoa, barley, and oats), legumes (white beans, black beans, red kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, and soybeans), seeds (hemp seeds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds), garlic, onion, avocados, peppers, tomatoes, nuts (walnuts and almonds).

Essential Oils

rosemary essential oil

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Effective essential oils are wintergreen, fennel, eucalyptus, basil, rosemary, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, lavender, clary sage, bergamot or frankincense.

Preventionyoga class women

  • regular physical exercise is one of the best methods to protect your hips as you age;
  • lose weight if you are overweight;
  • always warm up before exercising and stretch afterward.
Sources

http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h5983
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26895291
http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/ibjr/volunteer/tango/index.php