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Common Hip Pain Causes

Dr. Terry Madsen specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for sports injuries including many traumas that cause hip pain.

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Hip Bursitis

Bursae are small sacs filled with fluid that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles that make up the joints. When the sacs in the hip joint become inflamed and painful, it is known as hip bursitis. We see many cases of hip bursitis occurring in patients that participate in repetitive activities that cause friction from the overlying muscles and tendons, like during running.

Labral Tear

A labral tear of the hip joint is a tear to the cartilage lining of the joint called the acetabulum which acts as cushioning for the hip. This tear will cause pain and stiffness in the joint resulting in decreased mobility and possibly even breakdown the rest of the hip. This type of sports injury is common in weekend warriors who participate in activities such as Crossfit, heavy lifting and weight training.

Hip Impingement Syndrome

Hip pain is sometimes caused by Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), also known as hip impingement syndrome. Repetitive activity involving recurrent movement of the legs beyond the normal range of motion may cause hip impingement, which has been observed in certain athletes (football, baseball, soccer, tennis, hockey, lacrosse players, dancers, and golfers).

Hip Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis that can affect the hip. When the hip becomes inflamed, it can become painful, stiff, and sometimes lead to more joint degeneration.

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