Hip problems are common and can be an occupational hazard. They may occur as a result of getting older, although they may also affect younger people. They are usually due to a problem with the hip joint. Joints are junctions between two bones.
In the UK alone, 8.5 million people live with joint pain, and hips are prime candidates. Pain in your hip can also come from your lower spine or from any of the structures near your hip joint. Your doctor will check this out.
Your doctor should be able to make a diagnosis on the basis of your symptoms and examining you. You may need any of the following tests, depending on what your doctor suspects to be the cause of your hip problem:
Your hip joint is known as a 'ball-and-socket' joint. The ball (head) of your thigh bone (femur) fits into the socket of your pelvic bone to make your hip joint. This socket is called the acetabulum. The adjoining bone ends are covered in a tough, smooth material called cartilage, which lets the bones glide smoothly over each other. The joint is surrounded by a strong but flexible capsule. It helps to give stability to the joint and also produces a fluid called synovial fluid to give lubrication and help joint movement. Ligaments across the joints keep it all stable.
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Every once in a while my left hip area seems to develop a sudden acute, localised pain. It usually occurs if I've bent down and stood up again, or just getting up from the sofa. It has also happened on two or three occasions when playing squash. I can lunge for a ball but suddenly have this …paulbro1
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