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Hip pain

Definition

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.

Alternative Names

Pain - hip

Causes

Hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip

Pain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems:

Pain you feel in the hip may reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself.

Home Care

General tips:

For hip pain related to overuse or physical activity:

See your health care provider before exercising your hip. If you think you may have arthritis in or have injured your hip.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Go to a hospital or get emergency help if:

Call your doctor if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your health care 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 health care provider will ask questions about:

You may need x-rays of your hip or an MRI scan.

Your health care provider may tell you to take a higher dose of over-the-counter medication. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication.

References

Shah A, Busconi B. Hip, pelvis, and thigh: Hip and pelvis. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 21, section A.

Huddleston JI, Goodman SB. Hip and knee pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 42.



Review Date: 4/16/2013
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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