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.
Pain - hip
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.
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 medicine. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medicine.
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Review Date: 4/21/2019
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, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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