Pain in both hips may begin suddenly, or mildly and slowly in the joints, groin area, or lower back. The pain may occur after falling, accident, or injury causing difficulties in walking, standing, or going up the stairs.
Some activities such as lifting heavy objects may worsen the pain and the pain may persist even after taking over-the-counter prescriptions.
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Causes of pain in both hips
If you experience persistent pain in the hips, tenderness or redness, contact your doctor for medical assistance. The doctor will conduct a physical examination and order imaging such as x-rays to get the full view of your hip joint. The causes of hip pain include:
Tendons are tissues that connect the muscles to the hipbones and joints. Frequent strenuous activities can cause inflammation of the tendons leading to pain in the hip joints. Most athletes suffer from tendonitis because they overuse their hip muscles during sports activities.
- Trochanteric bursitis
Trochanteric bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid sacs that protect the hip joints after injury. This makes a patient to experience pain when walking, driving, standing, or climbing steps.
This condition occurs when there is insufficient flow of blood to the bones causing destruction of the bone cells. Constant use of medications such as corticosteroid can lead to Osteonecrosis. This condition mostly affects the hips causing pain.
This condition arises after the bone cartilage wears off and the hipbones can no longer glide smoothly. Osteoarthritis is very common among old people above 65 years causing pain in the groin area and the front side of the thighs. This condition causes friction in the hipbones causing pain when walking or twisting your leg. Moreover, it causes the hip joint to swell and stiffen.
- Hip fractures
Older people may break their hips during daily activities especially if they are suffering from osteoporosis. Hip fractures require immediate surgical procedures.
Overusing the hip muscles can cause them to get small tears. However, strains can occur in the lower back after quick turning, twisting or pulling the spinal column muscles. When the abdominal muscles are weak, they offer insufficient support to the hip and lower back muscles causing them to strain.
- Herniated discs
Falling or lifting heavy objects can rapture the shock-absorber discs in the spine. The pain from the injured discs spreads to the legs causing pain in the hip area.
- Septic hip
This condition is very common among children because their immune systems are weak and is unable to fight infections in the hips causing limping and pain. However, it may cause fever, hip redness, and warmth.
When to seek medical care about pain in your hips
Contact your health care provider when you experience the following symptoms:
- Inability to walk due to intense pain
- Pain when bending on your hips
- Frequent hip pain during the week
- Swelling or redness on your upper thighs or hips
- Pain while resting or at night
- Experience fever or other strange symptoms
Pain in Both Hips Treatment
You can relieve most hip pain using conservative measures such as, rest, ice or physical therapy.
When you are suffering from arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis, get enough rest to avoid overusing the hip joints.
Place ice bags on the hips to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
- Physical therapy
Visit a professional physical therapist to learn exercises and stretches to increase the strength and flexibility in your hips. However, massage techniques and ultrasounds are effective for conditions such as bursitis.
Aerobic exercises such as cycling, aqua therapy, or swimming are very helpful in treating the pain unlike high-impact activities, which aggravate the pain.
The physical therapist will also teach you how to maintain good body postures when sitting, sleeping, standing, walking, and lifting to avoid increasing the hip pain.
Purchase over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.
Inject steroids in the hip area to reduce the inflammation. However, in severe inflammation draining the fluids from the hips is necessary.
- Surgical options
Conservative measures are not enough to treat your hip pain. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, the pain will worsen, as you grow older.
Your doctor may recommend surgery because that is your best chance of controlling the pain. The surgical option will involve:
- Hip replacement
Severe cases of osteoarthritis cause constant pain, stiffness, and joint swelling and the patient is unable to move and perform daily activities.
Therefore, hip replacement surgery will work magic on controlling your pain and you will resume to your daily activities after a while. The doctor may recommend hip replacement if you are suffering from Osteonecrosis.
The specialist replaces the damaged hipbone and thighbone with an artificial joint made of plastic and metal. With the high quality technology today, the artificial hips will last for more than 25 years.
The second type of hip replacement requires no muscle cutting where the orthopedic surgeon only makes a small incision. This will ensure that:
- You recover quickly
- Stay in the hospital for a short time
- Experience less pain
After the hip replacement, you may require to use cranes or walkers to assist in walking and reduce the risks of dislocation. You will require starting physical therapy to help in your recovery and you may require assistance when getting in and out of bed.
Normally, younger patients will recover faster than older patients will.
However, after rehabilitation you will be able to perform all your daily activities easily and pain free. You will also enjoy cycling, playing tennis, skiing, and horseback riding. Moreover, you will need to avoid strenuous activities such as jogging and jumping.