The hip and spine are considered co-dependent structures in the human body, sharing numerous groups of muscles. When a specific muscle or structure in the hip is injured or damaged, it can result in pain or dysfunction in the spine, and vice versa. Disease and injury are the major cause of spine and hip pain, affecting the nerves in both areas.
The spine or backbone is the body’s central support structure that connects different parts of the musculoskeletal system. It allows people to sit, stand, walk, bend and twist. Spine injuries typically refer to damage to the spinal cord, the nerves at the end of the spinal canal, as well as nearby tissues and bones, resulting in changes in sensation, strength and other body functions below the site of injury.
Spine injuries in Singapore are most likely to occur due to sports injuries, surgical complications, falls and vehicular accidents.
The hip is considered as one of the largest joints in the body. It is responsible for supporting the body’s weight and a variety of movements in the lower body such as walking, running, climbing and squatting. Similar to a spine injury, a person may experience a hip injury at one point in his or her life, usually as a result of overuse from repetitive movements or degenerative illnesses like arthritis.
Other common forms of hip injuries in Singapore include fractures, strains and dislocation from sports injuries, a direct or forceful blow to the hip, a bad fall and vehicular accidents.
A spine (back) injury is different from a spinal cord injury. A back injury may affect the bones or soft tissues in the spine (e.g. a fracture of the vertebra), but do not damage the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury, however, can have serious consequences regarding one’s motor function (in the worst case, may result in paralysis).
Symptoms of a (spine) back injury may include:
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:
When a person experiences these symptoms, immediate medical attention should be sought to receive an accurate diagnosis and effective spine injury treatments as early as possible.
A person who experiences a hip injury may experience the following:
Depending on the type and severity of the injury, treatment can vary.
In mild cases, the injury may resolve with sufficient rest, immobilisation, activity modification, as well as appropriate heat and ice therapy to reduce pain and swelling.
In moderate cases, physiotherapy, medications (e.g. anti-inflammatories), joint injections, or additional devices like a support/brace, may be recommended by your doctor.
In serious cases, surgery may be needed to effectively treat the condition.
The Bone and Joint Centre is an orthopaedic clinic in Singapore that treats a wide range of spine and hip injuries such as:
If you experience any pain or weakness in your spine and hip, visit an orthopaedic clinic to get your condition assessed and a treatment plan customised for you.
Our orthopaedic specialist is widely recognised in his field to skilfully diagnose & treat your injury or condition so you can emerge stronger and safely return to the activities you enjoy.
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