Pelvic, groin, thigh, or knee pain (referred pain) may be
present along with a sore, painful, or tender hip. Hip pain can have many
- Snapping pain on the outside of the hip and
sometimes the knee may be caused by
iliotibial band syndrome.
- Pain in the hip,
thigh, or knee of an older child or teen may be caused by conditions such as
slipped capital femoral epiphysis, in which the upper
end of the thighbone (femur) slips at the growth plate (epiphysis), or
- Pain that is
worse in the morning and improves during the day may be caused by bones rubbing together , such as with
rheumatoid arthritis, or
- Pain may be a sign of inflammation
of the large sac that separates the hipbones from the muscles and tendons of
the thighs and buttocks (trochanteric bursitis).
- Pain can occur with signs of infection in a joint
(septic arthritis), bursa (septic bursitis), or bone (osteomyelitis).
- Pain and stiffening in the
hip may be caused by lack of blood flow to the hip joint (avascular necrosis). Pain in the knee may also be present.
- Pain that
shoots down the leg from the hip or lower back may be caused by an irritated or
pinched nerve (sciatica).
- Pain with weight-bearing that
gradually worsens over several months may be caused by
transient osteoporosis. This is more common in
middle-aged men but also can affect women in the later part of pregnancy (third
trimester). Osteoporosis related to pregnancy usually goes away on its own
within 12 months of delivery.
- Some types of bone cancer
(osteosarcomas) and the spread of cancer to the bone (metastatic disease) can
cause bone pain.
Treatment for a hip problem depends on the location,
type, and severity of the problem, as well as your age, general health, and
activities (such as work, sports, hobbies). Treatment may include first aid
measures; application of a brace, cast, harness, or traction; physical therapy;
medicines; or surgery.
Check your symptoms to
decide if and when you should see a doctor.