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June 18, 2019

3 Common Hip Injuries and How-to Avoid Them

Hip injuries can happen to anyone at any age. Hips are major load-bearing joints that we depend on for repetitive movements every day. Needless to say, years of activity can take its toll on various parts of this important junction.

As you grow older, the need to protect your joints from injury is even more important. Be encouraged, because many of the most common hip injuries can be avoided with some extra mindfulness of overall health along with proper preparation for physical activity.

3 Common Hip Injuries


Hip Tendonitis

Tendonitis takes place when any one or more of a large number of connective tendons around the hip joint becomes strained, causing inflammation and pain. The sufferer may experience a reduced range of motion and stiffness. Tendonitis injury is often the result of regular, strenuous physical activity. If not addressed, repeated excessive tension can cause severe damage. There are a number of exercises to help strengthen the hip area and lessen the chances of future injury.

Hip Bursitis

The internal structure of the hip is lubricated by fluid from sacs called bursae. This lubrication helps to provide pain-free movement during all kinds of activities. However, overuse of the joint can cause the bursae to become inflamed, causing tenderness and swelling in the hip area, a.k.a. bursitis. The pain can be particularly aggravating at night, or when getting up from a seated position. Arthritis or bone spurs can also be a factor in bursitis. Some treatments include steroid injections or physical therapy.

Hip Fracture or Break

Hip fracture is one of the great dreads of older individuals, but this injury can occur at any age. Older people are more at risk for this serious injury as the bones weaken with age. Balance issues or disorientation from medication can also increase the chance of falling. If, after falling, you experience pain, limited movement, or a turning outward of the foot or leg on the injured side, get immediate medical attention.


Keep your bones and joints strong with a healthy diet, including plenty of calcium and vitamin D. Not smoking and limiting alcohol intake can also be helpful, along with proper hydration.

Daily exercise is also a major factor for strong bones and joints. Alway do stretches, and be mindful of your limitations. Minimize impact on hips as necessary. Try walking instead of running. One excellent low-impact exercise is swimming or other water therapy.

For some, losing weight can alleviate stress on hips and other load-bearing joints. Treat injuries with ice and rest and arthritis with heat. And see your doctor about consistent pain or discomfort before it can become a major issue.

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