Hip pain

Definition

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.

Alternative Names

Pain - hip

Causes

Hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip, including:

Pain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems such as:

Pain you feel in the hip may reflect a problem in your back, rather than in the hip itself.

Home Care

Steps you can do to lessen hip pain include:

Things you can do to avoid hip pain related to overuse or physical activity include:

See your provider before exercising your hip if you think you may have arthritis or have injured your hip.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Go to a hospital or get emergency help if:

Call your provider if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your 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 provider will ask questions about:

You may need x-rays of your hip or an MRI scan.

Your provider may tell you to take a higher dose of over-the-counter medication. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication.

References

Brooks AG, Redmond J, Domb BG. Hip diagnosis and decision making. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 80.

Huddleston JI, Goodman SB. Hip and knee pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 48.


Review Date: 5/9/2015
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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