Diseases & Conditions

Getting the right orthopedic treatment for your hip condition starts with access to the right information. At Westlake Hospital, we strive to stay up-to-date on the latest hip diseases and conditions. We provide information below on common hip conditions that we may treat at our advanced care centers. For more information about your symptoms, call (708) 681-3000 to connect with one of our doctors or click the physician finder button below. 

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AVASCULAR NECROSIS

Avascular necrosis results from a significant loss of blood supply to the top of the thighbone where it fits in the hip socket. This disabling condition can lead to painful hip movement and arthritis.

BONY ABNORMALITIES

This condition involves irregularities in the hip joint such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), cam impingement, pincer lesions and dysplasia.

BURSITIS OF THE HIP

Around the outer area of the hip, small sacs filled with liquid act as cushions between bone, tendons and muscles. When inflammation of the sacs occurs, hip pain follows.

CHONDRAL LESIONS OR INJURIES

Injuries to, or loss of, cartilage exposes the underlying bone surface, causing severe pain in the hip.

EXTRA-ARTICULAR DISORDERS ABOUT THE HIP

Disorders about the hip can be related either directly to the joint or to the outside of the joint. These disorders include tendon injuries, muscular injuries and nerve damage.

HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS

This is the most common form of arthritis. Hip osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage breaks down, causing damage to the hipbone. More than 20 million Americans, mostly adults over the age of 65, suffer from osteoarthritis.

HIP OSTEONECROSIS

See Avascular necrosis.

PERIARTICULAR MUSCLE IRRITATIONS AND TENDONITIS

A fall or direct blow to the hip, or overstretching and overuse can tear muscle fibers, resulting in hip strain. Strains may be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of the injury.

RUPTURED LIGAMENT OF THE HIP

Ligaments strengthen the hip and stabilize the joint. Ligament strains or ruptures occur if the joint is twisted or overstretched. Usually a “snapping” or “cracking” occurs when a ligament ruptures, followed by bruising, swelling and pain.

SNAPPING HIP

The occasional “snapping” that can be heard when walking results from the movement of a muscle or tendon over a bony structure. A tear in the cartilage or some bone debris in the hip joint can also cause a snapping or clicking sensation.

SYNOVITIS

This is the term for inflammation of the inner layer of the joint capsule, which is made up of loose connective tissue. Most hip conditions overload this capsule, causing its inflammation.

TENDONOPATHIES OF THE HIP

Disorders in tendons, the soft tissues that connect muscles to bones, can be caused by inflammation, some degree of degeneration or tearing.

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You can also read more about diseases and conditions in our health library.