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The hip joint has a huge role as a weight bearing joint and is critical for our mobility and is also a very common area for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the hip generates both pain and stiffness on weight bearing that may refer to the groin, thigh, buttocks, or knee. Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs because the cartilage that lines a joint begins to degrade and the bone underneath thickens. Bony growths develop around the joint margins causing further joint restriction to movement.
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There are several powerful muscle groups associated with movement of your hip. These are the hamstrings (hip flexion), quadriceps (hip extension), the adductors (common cause of groin strains) and the rotators of the hip joint (e.g. piriformis). These are all common sites of potential injury.
Bursae are structures that occur throughout the body. They are basically little sacks of fluid that typically occur between bony surfaces and overlying soft tissue (such as a tendon). They essentially act as little cushions and serve to prevent the affect of friction. However in doing their duty they can also become irritated. The most frequently affected bursa in the hip overlies the large bony prominence on the outside of your hip known as the greater trochanter; hence the term trochanteric bursitis.
Most of us have not heard of a hip labral tear. It involves a ring of cartilage, called the labrum, that exists around the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. It acts like a rubber seal or gasket to help hold the ball at the top of your thigh bone tightly and securely within your hip socket. It is a common issues that affects the inside the hip joint because the labrum does deteriorate as we age. Injuries can be caused by repetitve motions that involve twisting or pivoting (common sports such as golf).
It is also important to remember that hip and thigh pain often occurs because of referred pain from somewhere else (often from the lower back). This can often be a result of a trapped nerve in the lower back or even joint pain (facet joint pain in the spine or sacroiliac pain). It is also a common referral site for some structures in the knee (such as meniscus or patella issues)