Severe hip pain can be debilitating, and it may even prevent you from doing things you love to do. It’s even more frustrating that it can be hard to diagnose exactly what’s causing the pain. But, you should not feel defeated. Let’s explore the common causes of hip pain in seniors and then make sure you start a conversation with your doctor to find the root cause of your pain.
Hip Pain Caused by Arthritis
There are many different causes of hip pain but it’s most commonly caused by arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis and it, unfortunately, affects millions of people worldwide.
The reason arthritis is so common in the hip area is because it’s the biggest ball-and-socket joint in the body and gets a lot of wear and tear. Symptoms of osteoarthritis can evolve slowly but will worsen over time. Some symptoms include pain, stiffness, tenderness, a popping or crackling sound, loss of flexibility, bone spurs, and swelling.