As evidenced by Yankee superstar, Alex Rodriguez, hip injuries are an occupational hazard for athletes. Whether you’re a professional athlete, the quarterback for your high school’s football team or just love to play a game in your backyard, chances are hip pain will bring you to a sports medicine specialist at some point in your career. Due to increased pressures on athletes, longer and more intense practices, and a lack of understanding of preventative medicine, sport medicine doctors are reporting significant increases in hip injuries among athletes of all ages and levels. Below, we look at the most common hip injuries in athletes.
- Bursitis: Bursitis results from an inflammation of the cushion between the muscle and the hipbone. Most common in athletes participating in contact sports such as football and hockey, bursitis is characterized by pain at the point of the hipbone.
- Tendonitis: More common in athletes participating in endurance sports such as long-distance running; this condition results from inflammation of the tendons surrounding the hipbone.
- Hip Labral Tears: The labrum functions as a buffer surrounding the hip’s socket. Injury to this buffer resulting in a tear is a common injury for athletes and is characterized by groin pain and a “catching” sensation in the hip.
- Stress Fractures: Most commonly seen in long-distance runners, stress fractures result from repeated injury to the hipbone.
- Hip Impingement: Seen in young- to middle-aged athletes, this is the result of abnormally shaped bones that do not fit correctly together and, therefore, rub against one another during activity. Over time, this creates pain and causes injury.
Diagnosing and treating hip injuries should be left to a sports medicine specialist. The experienced team at NJ Sports Medicine can assess your injury, diagnose the condition, and offer you the least invasive treatment option. Our goal is the same for every injury — get you healthy and back in the game! Visit our site to request an appointment today!