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Hip and Groin Pain – Causes & What To Do About It

Hip and groin pain can occur at any age. In younger patients, it’s commonly due to injuries in sports or trauma. In older patients, pain around the hip may be acute as a result of trauma or chronic due to underlying medical problems, such as degenerative disease/osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. 

The hip is the body’s biggest ball-and-socket joint. It is surrounded by a thick capsule, ligaments and muscles providing stability. As a crucial joint for all movement in day-to-day life, sports and other activities, pain around the hip and groin can be debilitating and greatly affect quality of life. It’s not uncommon for patients to notice this kind of pain after sitting for long periods of time, such as after work or a long car ride.

What is Causing My Hip and Groin Pain?

Hip-related groin pain is very common. Anyone from recreational athletes to grandparents are at risk for hip and groin pain.

Hip and Groin Pain with Age

Wear and tear on around the hip joint can worsen with age. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 7 percent of adults suffer from hip pain, which is the third most common joint pain just behind shoulder pain (9%), and knee pain (18%). 

Although it can occur at any age, the most common cause of chronic hip pain in aging adults is degenerative disease or osteoarthritis. Bursitis, prevalent in people over 60, is inflammation of a bursa (protective pad) that can result in pain on the outside of the hip, upper thigh or buttocks.

Hip and Groin Pain in Sports

Hip and groin pain is a common problem among athletes participating in high-impact sports but it can also affect individuals who participate in low-impact sports. It’s typically seen in sports such as skiing, hockey, football, martial arts, running, soccer and wrestling.

Generally, athletes who perform repeated hip flexion (ie: runners) or participate in sports that involve kicking (ie: soccer) or sudden changes in direction and speed (ie: football) are affected most. These athletes may experience hip impingement, pain and limited range of motion, which in turn can also lead to pain in the knees and the lower back, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy

Common causes of hip pain in active individuals include core injuries (sports hernia), tendonitis, labral tears and hip impingement. 

Keep Your Hips Healthy and Happy: Overcome Hip and Groin Pain with Twin Boro

As you can see, being highly active can increase your chances of experiencing hip and groin pain. Add aging, obesity or a traumatic injury to the mix and the pain can make it hard to do normal daily tasks. 

If you are experiencing hip and groin pain, you may be wondering if physical therapy may help. At Twin Boro Physical Therapy, our goal is to help patients restore function and range of motion in the joint, provide relief for the hip and groin pain and prevent further injury. From Sports Rehab to Geriatric Rehabilitation, we have you covered.

Give us a call at1-732-444-3578 to find out how physical therapy may be a good course of action for you and schedule your no-obligation appointment at one of our 23 convenient New Jersey clinics

Twin Boro Physical Therapy: Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for over 39 years! It’s our award-winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the One2Four program into each patient’s program, the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques are incorporated into effective evidence-based practice. We deliver only the highest standard of care with the unique One2Four approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of mycentraljersey.com.

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