Hip Impingement | DrBurke

What is hip impingement?

The bones are made up of strong tissues that support our bodies. If the bones are not secure, they can start to harm patients and cause chronic hip pain. This is the problem with hip impingement. Hip impingement is like osteoarthritis pain. With impingements, the bones roughly bang up against one another due to an irregular shape of the hip joint. Part of the femur must fit into the pelvic bone since this is a ball and socket joint. The bones are too close together when suffering from hip impingement.

What causes hip impingement?

If the hip joint does not form correctly, patients are susceptible to more chronic conditions. With hip impingement, anything that alters the formation of the joint can cause this disorder. Even problems a patient’s childhood can emerge later as a chronic hip condition. Specific causes of hip impingement include the following:

  • Abnormal growth of the femur
  • Abnormal growth of the pelvic bone
  • Overuse of the hip
  • Lack of cartilage around the head of the femur

Most cases of hip impingements start from abnormal bone growth, but overuse can also cause this problem. Hip impingements can also lead to arthritis in the hip as well.

How do I know if I have hip impingement?

It can be difficult to tell if the bones are developing normally. Physicians can always check a child’s growth with imaging and X-rays. However, parents may not see any physical symptoms of unnatural bone development. So, hip impingement symptoms become more noticeable once the condition progresses. Symptoms of chronic hip impingements include:

  • Stiffness when standing up or walking
  • Limping due to chronic hip pain
  • Hip losing its full range of motion
  • Hip pain extending into the groin or buttocks

How do I prevent hip impingement?

Any condition that is onset by bone development is difficult to prevent. Patients cannot predict if their bones will form normally. Patients may not recognize they have a hip impingement until they feel the chronic pain. As a parent, monitor your child’s growth closely. If any part of your child’s development seems unnatural, consult a second opinion. For adults, always take care of the joints. Even excessive exercise and weak cartilage can cause this hip disorder. Take caution when it comes to your health and growth.