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Hip and Thigh Conditions

Your hips—the joints where your thigh bone meets your pelvis bone—are very stable. It takes great force to seriously damage a healthy hip.

A handful of overuse and sports injuries are associated with the hip; some male adolescents may experience growth-related hip problems, and some women may also face pelvis- or hip-related difficulties during pregnancy. However, the majority of hip problems are associated with aging, disease, and fractures in the elderly. Elderly people are subject to the most serious problems: life- threatening hip fractures that are often due to osteoporosis, the disease that causes brittle bones.

The motion and support of the hip is controlled largely by the muscles of the thighs and lower back. The thigh muscles include the hamstring muscles, located at the back of the thigh, and the quadriceps muscle group, in the front of the thigh. These muscles work to extend the leg at the hip and bend the leg at the knee. When overuse or injury stretches or tears the hamstring muscle fibers, the resulting injury is called a strain.

Treatment for hip and thigh disorders may include rest, medicines, physical therapy, or (for hips) surgery including hip replacement.

Common Conditions

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