The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint made up of the top of the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum (portion of the pelvis). The hip is surrounded by strong tendons, ligaments, and muscles that add to the stability of this joint. Arthritis is a disease where the cartilage on the end of the bones wears away, and this commonly affects the hip joint. Conditions in the hip joint often cause pain in the groin or front of the thigh. The specialists at Orthopedic Associates of Hartford have expertise in treating your hip disorder. Treatments may include physical therapy and rehabilitation, arthroscopy, partial or complete hip replacement, complex fracture stabilization, and treatment of deformity.

Some of the most common hip problems include:

Arthritis occurs when the cartilage of a joint surface is injured. Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and loss of motion.

Fractures of the bones, or broken bones that occur as a result of a fall or more serious trauma. Stress Fractures may occur due to overuse, such as may occur with excessive high impact training. In this latter condition, the bone has not completely broken, but intervention (activity modification, or occasionally surgery) is needed to prevent a complete fracture

Femuroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is a condition where abnormal abutment between the thigh bone (femur) and socket of the pelvis (acetabulum) leads to damage to the cartilage or surrounding structures. This can cause pain, loss of motion, and occasional feelings of instability.

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that is found where tendons pass by bony surfaces. Trochanteric bursitis is a very common condition that causes pain and tenderness on the side of the hip.

Tendonitis is inflammation or pain along a tendon. Tendons are the structures that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendons in the hip that can experience tendonitis are the hamstring tendons, quadriceps tendons, and abductor tendons.

Avasular Necrosis (AVN) or Osteonecrosis means “death of bone”. This can occur in different joints of the body, but the hip is the most common site for this to occur. The bone beneath the cartilage of the thigh bone dies, and this can lead to premature arthritis.

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