Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people
can also experience issues with their hips. “While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “This could lead to tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendons. Active people could also suffer from muscle strain, which prevents the hip from functioning properly.”
For these more active patients, surgery may not be necessary. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin® can help with pain relief. Holding ice to the area for 15 minutes a few times a day can also help you feel better. “However, you should call your doctor right away if your hip pain occurs suddenly or you notice swelling, redness or warmth around the area,” says Knight.