Diseases and Conditions
Generally, there are two types of hip pain; acute and chronic.
Acute hip pain comes on suddenly usually as the result of an injury or trauma.
Chronic or intermittent pain is usually caused by arthritis.
About your hip
To understand your hip pain, it’s helpful to understand the hip itself. One of your largest weight bearing joints, your hip is a ball and socket joint. The thighbone, called the femur, ends in a ball shape called the femur head, which sits in the socket of the pelvis called the acetabulum. Your hip is covered with cartilage that allows the bones to easily glide across one another. Tough bands of tissue called ligaments hold the joint together while the large muscles in front of the thighbone and in the buttocks initiate movement. A healthy hip allows your leg to move freely, supports your upper body and absorbs impact from walking and other activities.
We've provided detailed information about some of the most common hip injuries and sources of hip pain below.
One of the most common causes of hip pain is arthritis. The pain can become constant and impact your mobility as well as the quality of your life. Here are some links to find out more about this degenerative condition:
Overuse of your hip joint can cause a temporary painful inflammation called bursitis.
Hip labral tear
If you have pain in your hip and it seems to “catch”, you could have a Labral tear.
Tendons are the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. They can become inflamed causing Tendinitis in your hip.
Also called avascular necrosis. Osteonecrosis is the loss of blood supply to the head of the femur bone can cause hip pain.
Hip fractures occur most often in older adults. As we age, bones lose minerals and density and become more fragile, so that a fall or even a misstep can result in a fractured hip. The other major cause is a blow to the hip usually from a car accident.
Hip and groin strains
Hip muscles can be strained from overuse just like other joints.
While not specifically a hip condition, osteoporosis is often the cause behind many hip and pelvic fractures in older adults.
Some hip conditions may appear in children.