Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. People with hip joint pain often have difficulty with sitting, squatting and sustained loading. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.

The labrum of the hip is a cartilage structure that deepens the socket of the hip joint. Trauma or repeated wear can injure this cartilage, cause pain in the hip or groin, and limit movement, creating a sensation that the hip is locking, catching or clicking.

Gluteal tendinopathy is usually felt on or around the bony part of the hip bone (greater trochanter). The pain is brought on by sustained standing, walking, running and laying on the side.

With a stiff hip, more load is transferred to the low back in activities such as sitting, bending and lifting. A painful low back can result in referred pain to the hip and weakness of the hip muscles. Weakness of the hip muscles can in turn result in reduced support for low back.


  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Septic arthritis


  • Bursopathy
  • Dislocation
  • Hip fracture
  • Hip labral tear
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Sprains
  • Tendinopathy

Pinched nerves

  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica


  • Advanced (metastatic) cancer that has spread to the bones
  • Bone cancer
  • Leukemia

Other problems

  • Avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to limited blood flow)
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (in children)
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Synovitis