The back bone is connected with the hip bone. The hip bone is connected with the leg bone. Sounds simple enough; however, when someone complains of hip pain, the "hip" in question is usually not the actual hip joint. When someone says that his/her "hip" hurts, she/he is actually pointing to the Greater Trochanter, which is on the side of the pelvis. The actual hip joint is in the groin area. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's talk about what the hip joint is made of.
Like all joints, two bones are joined together by ligaments and a joint capsule. In the case of the hip, the femur (leg bone) is connected to the pelvis (the hip bone). This connection occurs deep in the groin. Thus, hip joint pain and inflammation is felt in front, near the pubic bone. Other areas, like the buttock and low back, can also be painful with hip arthritis. Getting back to this business about the Greater Trochanter , this boney prominence serves as the attachment point of some major muscles gr...
If you've sustained an injury or trauma to your hip, and have persistent pain, you need to have diagnostic testing to check for the presence of a hip fracture. Because hip fractures are hard to diagnose with X-rays alone, further testing is necessary if patients continue to have pain.
Recently emergency rooms have seen this type of situation where a patient arrives for treatment, after an injury or fall, but the X-rays are normal even though they have a fracture.
With the prevalence of hip fractures in the elderly, we need to have additional testing available, if these X-rays don't locate a fracture, and the pain persists. If you have normal hip X-rays but can't bear weight or the pain doesn't go away, ask for additional testing, like a CT scan or MRI.
Emergency rooms see this type of hidden hip fracture, where the patient has persistent pain from trauma, but the X-rays don't show a fracture. If they don't find a fracture, the patient is se...
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