Common Hip Injuries & Conditions
A wide variety of problems can cause hip pain. Clues about the underlying cause of the problem can be revealed depending on the location of your pain. Hip joint pain tends to occur near the inside area of your hip or groin. But if you experience pain on the outside area of your hip, it likely is due to issues with soft tissues that surround the hip joint.
Arthritis of the Hip
When inflammation and injury to a joint cause a breaking down of cartilage tissue, osteoarthritis occurs. Pain, swelling and decreased motion are often a result of that breakdown.
Symptoms & Diagnosis of Hip Arthritis
Diagnosis of hip arthritis may initially be difficult because pain can show up not only in the groin, but also the thigh, buttocks or knee. Sometimes patients who have osteoarthritis of the hip have problems walking. Symptoms can include sharp and stabbing pain or a stiff hip.
Treatment for Hip Arthritis
Depending on the severity of the condition, your doctor may recommend nonsurgical or surgical options for treating hip arthritis. Read more about hip arthritis treatment options.
Bursitis of the Hip
Bursitis of the hip is a condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs, known as bursae, which cushion the muscles, tendons and bones near your joints. When bursae become inflamed, hip bursitis occurs.
Symptoms & Diagnosis of Bursitis of the Hip
Hip bursitis symptoms include an affected joint that may look swollen and red, hurt when you press on it or move it, or feel achy or stiff. It is often diagnosed by your medical history and a physical exam. Additionally you may need imaging or lab tests.
Bursitis of the Hip Treatment
Usually conservative treatments are used, such as rest, ice, medication, physical therapy, or the use of a cane. However, surgery may be recommended on rare occasions. Read more about hip bursitis treatment options.