Nobody likes it when an accident happens, but what we can when it does occur is to keep a level mind and immediately respond to the situation. The first thing to do when responding to an accident is identifying the injuries sustained by a victim. Being one of the biggest bones in the body, the hip can be easily injured. A weight-bearing joint in the body can be found in the hip that helps it support the upper body. The hips are where the thigh bones meet the pelvis in ball-and-socket joint. It is surrounded and supported by various muscles that enable movements. The hips are also where major nerves and blood vessels run through. Experiencing pain in the hips can be very alarming because of its many functions. Here is a list of the common causes of hip pains.
1. A Broken Hip
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint where the two or more bones meet. Being a ball-and-socket joint, the hip can be rotated in multiple directions. When the upper thighbone or the femur is cracked, it is called a broken hip. A broken hip usually occurs in the femur part of the joint but can occur in different places. There are various kinds of broken hips which are the following; Femoral Neck Fracture, Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture and the Intracapsular Fracture. The Femoral Neck Fracture occurs in around 1 to 2 inches from where the head of the bone meets the socket. This break may cut off the blood circulation in the hips by tearing the blood vessels up. Intertrochanteric Fracture occurs farther away from the joint, around 3 to 4 inches away. Intracapsular Fracture affects the joint itself. Broken hips are commonly caused by accidents but may also be caused by certain diseases and obesity. It is characterized by bruising, pain in the hip and groin area and the affected leg being shorter than the other. It can be diagnosed through Imaging Tests like X-rays and MIR’s and the doctor may either prescribe pain relievers or surgery and physical therapy depending on the severity of the injury.