5 Causes of Hip pain

5 Causes of Hip pain

Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. 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. Hip pain can sometimes be caused by diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back. This type of pain is called referred pain. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged.



  • Osteoarthritis of the hip joint
  • Arthritis leads to inflammation of the hip joint and the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions your hip bones. The pain gradually gets worse. People with arthritis also feel stiffness and have reduced range of motion in the hip.


    •  Bursitis
    • When bursae get inflamed, they can cause pain. Inflammation of bursae is usually due to repetitive activities that overwork or irritate the hip joint.  
    • Repeated activities can put strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the hips.
    • When they become inflamed due to overuse, they can cause pain and prevent the hip from working normally.
    • Avascular necrosis
    • This condition happens when blood flow to the hip bone slows and the bone tissue dies. Although it can affect other bones, avascular necrosis most often happens in the hip.



    Dr . P. Senthil Selvam, PhD
    Professor & HOD, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.

    Dr .D. Hepzibah Rubella, MPT (Ortho)
    Research Scholar, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.

    Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS)


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