Hip Pain

Hip pain is commonly caused by osteoarthritis or trochanteric bursitis.

  • Osteoarthritis affects most people as we grow older. It often causes groin, lateral hip and buttock pain associated with putting shoes or socks on, getting out of the car or bath and lying on your side.
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome or trochanteric bursitis is inflammation and swelling of the hip tendons and the bursa (fluid-filled sac between the tendons) on the outside of the hip joint.

There are many other less common causes for hip pain.

  • Hip impingement: The bones of the hip rubbing together because they're abnormally shaped from birth. 
  • Labral tear: A tear in the ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the hip joint sometimes seen in people playing contact sports. 
  • Hip dysplasia: The hip joint shape is wrong or the hip socket is not in the correct position to completely cover and support the top of the femoral head.
  • Hamstrings strain: Strecteched or torn muscles often caused by excessive load or running.

When do I see my GP?

  • Septic arthritis or osteomyelitis: An infection in the bone or joint can cause hip pain associated with fever. 
  • Fracture neck of femur: Commonly seen in older people following a fall which causes sudden hip pain.

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