Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. You may not feel pain from your hip directly over the hip area. You may feel it in your groin or pain in your thigh or knee.
Pain - hip
Hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip
Hip fractures can cause of sudden hip pain. These injuries can be a serious and lead to major problems. Hip fractures are more common as people get older because falls are more likely and your bones become weaker.
Infection in the bones or joints (links to osteomyelitis and septic arthritis)
Osteonecrosis of the hip
Arthritis -- often felt in the front part of your thigh or in your groin
Labral tear of the hip
Pain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems:
Bursitis -- it hurts when you get up from a chair, walk, climb stairs, and drive
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam with careful attention to your hips, thighs, back, and the way you walk. To help diagnose the cause of the problem, your health care provider will ask questions about:
Where you feel the pain
When and how the pain started
Things that make the pain worse
What you have done to relieve the pain
Your ability to you walk and support weight
Other medical problems you have
Medicines you take
You may need x-rays of your hip or an MRI scan.
Your health care provider may tell you to take a higher dose of over-the-counter medication. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication.
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C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.