The first thing to know about hip pain is that true hip joint pain is not really found in the “hip” at all.
That’s because the hip joint is located deep within the pelvis and therefore problems in the joint itself will cause pain in the groin and sometimes down the thigh … but not on the outside of the hip.
Feel free to check out the tabs below to learn more about some of the more common conditions that we see. However, there is no substitute for a proper assessment to really understand what your problem is.
Here are some conditions we can help you with.
A bursa is a fluid filled sac that is used to reduce friction on the tendons and ligaments in areas where bones stick out in the hip. The thigh bone “femur” has a large projection at the top called the “Greater Trochanter of the Femur”. Lying over of the projection is a bursa that is there to help protect the soft tissues as they run over the bone. Inflammation of this bursa is called “Trochanteric Bursitis”.
Many of the patients who complain of “hip pain” are really suffering from this form of bursitis. Causes can include: weakness of the pelvic muscles, overpronation/oversupination of the feet and leg length discrepancies.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when, over time, the protective cartilage at the ends of your bones wears down.
Osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body and the hip joints are one of the most common areas to be affected.
Along with staying active, maintaining a healthy weight there may be other treatments that can help you with the pain associated with the condition and help to slow its progression.