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Hip Pain

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Clinton, NC 28328

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Wallace, NC 28466

Hip Pain

Hip pain is a common complaint that can arise from a variety of causes and affect people of all ages. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for a wide range of motion, and hip pain can significantly impact mobility and quality of life. The pain can originate from the hip joint itself or from the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Common Causes of Hip Pain:

  1. Arthritis:

    • Osteoarthritis (OA): Wear and tear of the cartilage in the hip joint.

    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): An autoimmune condition causing joint inflammation.

    • Other forms of arthritis: Such as psoriatic arthritis or gout.

  2. Injuries:

    • Hip Fractures: Breaks in the upper part of the femur, common in older adults due to falls.

    • Dislocations: When the ball of the hip joint is forced out of the socket, usually due to trauma.

    • Labral Tears: Tears in the ring of cartilage (labrum) that follows the outside rim of the hip joint socket.

  3. Bursitis:

    • Inflammation of the bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the hip joint).

  4. Tendinitis:

    • Inflammation or irritation of tendons around the hip joint.

  5. Muscle or Tendon Strain:

    • Overuse injuries or acute strains from physical activity.

  6. Hip Impingement:

    • Also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), where bone spurs develop around the hip joint, causing pain and limiting movement.

  7. Referred Pain:

    • Pain that originates from other areas, such as the lower back or knees, but is felt in the hip.


  • Pain in the groin, outer thigh, buttocks, or inside of the hip joint.

  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion in the hip.

  • Limping or difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg.

  • Clicking or popping sensation in the hip joint.

Common Injuries Associated with Hip Pain

Hip pain can be both a symptom of and a risk factor for various injuries. Common injuries associated with hip pain include:

  1. Hip Fractures:

    • Typically occur in older adults due to falls or osteoporosis.

    • Symptoms include severe pain, inability to move or bear weight on the affected leg, and shortening or turning outward of the leg.

  2. Labral Tears:

    • Often caused by repetitive motion or acute trauma.

    • Symptoms include deep hip pain, clicking or locking of the joint, and reduced range of motion.

  3. Muscle Strains:

    • Common in athletes and active individuals.

    • Symptoms include sharp pain, swelling, bruising, and weakness in the affected muscle.

  4. Hip Dislocations:

    • Usually result from high-impact trauma such as car accidents or falls.

    • Symptoms include intense pain, inability to move the leg, and visible deformity of the hip joint.

  5. Bursitis:

    • Inflammation of the bursae can result from repetitive activities or acute injury.

    • Symptoms include pain on the outside of the hip, especially when lying on the affected side or during activities involving hip movement.

  6. Tendinitis:

    • Overuse or sudden increase in activity levels can cause inflammation of the hip tendons.

    • Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and stiffness around the hip.

Prevention and Management

  • Medications: Pain relievers (NSAIDs, acetaminophen), corticosteroid injections for inflammation.

  • Physical Therapy: Exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and range of motion.

  • Lifestyle Modifications: Weight management, avoiding high-impact activities, using assistive devices if necessary.

  • Activity Modification: Switching to low-impact exercises such as swimming or cycling.

  • Ice and Heat Therapy: Applying ice to reduce swelling and heat to relax muscles.

  • Surgical Options: Hip replacement or arthroscopy for severe cases or injuries not responsive to conservative treatments.

Effective management of hip pain involves a combination of medical treatment, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments to alleviate symptoms, improve mobility, and prevent further injury.

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