Seek immediate medical attention
So, what are the highlights? If pain is in the front of the hip/groin region and radiates down the thigh to the knee, it is most likely a hip issue. If pain is in the back of the hip/buttocks region and radiates down the hamstring to the calf, it is most likely a spine issue.
Limited mobility: Most people with a hip fracture can’t stand or walk. Sometimes, it may be possible to walk, but it’s extremely painful to put weight on the leg. Physical changes: You may have a bruise on your hip. One of your legs may appear shorter than the other.
One of the most common injuries in seniors is a hip fracture after suffering a fall. It tends to happen due to muscle weakness, balance problems, impaired vision, chronic illness, side effects from medications, or a wet bathtub or floor.
The one leg stand test, or stork stand test, is used to evaluate for pars interarticularis stress fracture (spondylolysis). It begins with the physician seated behind the standing patient. The physician stabilizes the patient at the hips.
Running and jumping can make hip pain from arthritis and bursitis worse, so it’s best to avoid them. Walking is a better choice, advises Humphrey.
The following signs are frequent early symptoms of a hip problem:
Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
“Pain that involves the hip joint is usually in the groin, right where your leg meets your body,” Dr. Stuchin says. “The hip joint is in the groin and you can feel it as low as your knee, in the front of your leg down the thigh.”
Signs and symptoms of a hip fracture include: Inability to get up from a fall or to walk. Severe pain in your hip or groin. Inability to put weight on your leg on the side of your injured hip.
Beyond suffering pain, a hip fracture results in a loss of physical function, decreased social engagement, increased dependence, and worse quality of life. Many people who have a hip fracture need to change their living conditions, such as relocating from their home into a residential aged care facility.
A dull, aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, knee, or buttocks. Pain that is worse in the morning or after sitting or resting for a while, but lessens with activity. Increased pain and stiffness with vigorous activity. Pain in the joint severe enough to cause a limp or make walking difficult.
These symptoms are most common after a fall. But if you have very thin bones from osteoporosis or another problem, you could break your hip without falling. In rare cases, people have only thigh or knee pain. They may be able to walk.
What are the symptoms of hip sprain?
Depending on the severity of the injury, it may take 1-6 weeks for a hip flexor injury to heal. Minor injuries typically require 1-3 weeks of recovery time, while more severe muscle tears can take 4-6 weeks or longer. Untreated severe injuries may take even longer or cause chronic pain.