Hip Pain

Because there are so many different causes for hip pain, an accurate diagnosis is critical in ensuring proper treatment. If the pain is in the inside of the hip, it may indicate a problem with the joint itself. However, if the pain is on the outside of the hip, it’s most likely caused by an issue with a muscle, ligament, tendon, or soft-tissue. Some conditions that cause pain in the hip are overuse injuries, arthritis, fracture, tendonitis, pinched nerves, bone cancer, osteoporosis, and bursitis. Some people may assume the pain is in the hip when its actually occurring in the a surrounding area (e.g, the pelvis, spine, thighs, buttocks, lower back, or uterus). Treatment for hip pain will vary based on the diagnosis and may range from rest, ice or heat, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to physical therapy and/or surgery. If the pain is minor, gentle stretching exercises and reducing body weight may help. If the pain is intense or the joint appears misshapen, immediate medical attention may be necessary. In severe cases, a total hip replacement may be necessary to alleviate pain—although this is typically is a last resort and won’t be recommended until all other conservative treatment options are exhausted.