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Hip Pain

Hip pain may be due to problems in the hip joint itself, or the groin, thigh, outer buttock, or tendons, tissues, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the hip.

What is hip pain?

Hip pain may be acute or chronic, or may be sharp, dull, or throbbing, depending on the underlying cause. The location of the pain, the severity, and type of pain felt provide clues about the underlying condition or cause. Hip pain may be caused by an injury, a pain condition, or a disease.

What are the symptoms of hip pain?

Hip pain itself is a symptom. Aside from the pain, other symptoms may also be felt, depending on the condition or underlying cause. The most common symptoms associated with hip pain are pain and discomfort in the groin, thigh, buttocks, and the areas surrounding the hip joint.

If the hip pain is due to arthritis or injury, the pain may get worse with certain activities. Some people even limp due to persistent pain.

What causes hip pain?


Among the most common hip pain causes is arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. If the hip joint is affected by arthritis, the joint may get inflamed. This is due to the breakdown and wearing out of the cartilage that serves as natural cushions in the joint. Because of the inflammation, the person feels pain in the area. The pain can get worse in time and may be associated with stiffness and reduced range of motion in the affected area.

Hip Fractures

If the hip is fractured or injured, the most common manifestation is pain in the area. Aside from sports and activity-related fractures, the risk of fracture may also be increased by old age. As people age, their bones become brittle and weak, making them more prone to injury.

Tendinitis and Bursitis

Tendinitis is a condition resulting from irritation and inflammation of the tendons. This may be caused by overuse and stress in the affected area. The inflammation and irritation may lead to hip pain. Bursitis, on the other hand, occurs when the bursae get inflamed due to overwork or repetitive activities. A common symptom of this condition is hip pain.

Tendon or Muscle Strain

Strain in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the hips may be caused by repeated activities, overwork, or overuse. When they become inflamed, a person may feel hip pain and a reduced range of motion in the area.

Hip Labral Tear

The labrum works as a cushion in the hip joint and acts as a rubber to secure the thighbone within the hip socket. If the labral is injured or worn out, it may result in hip labral tear, which causes pain in the area.

Avascular Necrosis

This is a condition where there is a slowing down of blood flow to the bone and bone tissues. While it can affect other bones in the body, this condition is most common in hip bones. The common causes of this condition include dislocation, hip fracture, and long-term steroid use.


In certain cases, hip pain is a cancer symptom. This usually happens when the cancer started in the bone or if has spread to the bone, affecting the hips; thus, causing the pain.

How is hip pain treated?

The most common treatment option for hip pain is over-the-counter medication like NSAIDs and Tylenol. This is especially true if the pain is caused by tendinitis, osteoarthritis, and or muscle strain. Such treatment, however, only provides temporary relief to the pain. For severe pain like those caused by rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment option includes prescription medications such as corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs.

However, if the hip pain is tolerable and not that serious, you may try home remedies and self-care. Applying ice in the area helps relieve hip pain. A warm bath also lessens pain, especially if the pain is due to muscle or tendon strain. Non-impact exercise and stretching may also help provide relief. This improves joint mobility as well.

In severe cases, as when the pain is due to a deformed hip joint, surgery may be required. There are other specific treatment options available, depending on the underlying cause of the hip pain. The best way to find out the right treatment is to have yourself checked by a professional.

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Hip Pain Treatments

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We have a team of medical practitioners, pain management doctors, and staff who are experts on pain management, including Hip Pain. We use state-of-the-art technology and effective approaches in achieving our mission. We care about your well-being and are committed to making your life pain-free.