The Facts on Hip Pain:
What is Hip Pain?
Other than your shoulders, hip joints have more range of motion than any other joint in your body. So it’s not surprising that your hip joints play a major part in keeping your body moving – from carrying your weight to giving the strong muscles of your legs the ability to work.
It’s also no surprise that being in motion can stress your hip joints and lead to hip pain. While the causes vary, there are two kinds of pain in the hip:
- Pain in the hip joint itself, which usually shows up on the inside of your hip or groin
- Pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. attached to the hip, which you might feel in the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock
What Causes Hip Pain?
As with other kinds of pain, hip pain can happen from simply overusing or overexerting yourself. There can also be more serious causes of hip pain, such as injury, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and sciatica, among others. For injuries or these other conditions, talk to your doctor for a diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.