The hip – one of the body’s largest joints – forms a hinge between the pelvis and thighbone. You use your hips to walk, run, bend, sit and stand. With all of this use, hip pain may be the result of simple wear and tear – but it can also be caused by an injury.
It’s important to see a doctor about sudden or ongoing hip pain to find its source and relieve the discomfort. At Aurora Health Care, we offer a variety of treatment options for hip pain, including physical therapy, integrative treatments like acupuncture, hip resurfacing and total hip replacement.
Some people feel pain in the hip that originates elsewhere in the body This is known as referred pain. Although you’ll feel it in your hip, the actual source of the pain might be:
At Aurora, our orthopedic team takes the time to listen to you and effectively diagnose hip pain. People also choose us because of our:
Many people experience increasing hip pain as they age, with women more likely to experience hip pain than men.
Some people have a higher risk of hip pain because of:
The hip is one of the largest joints in the body. As the meeting point of the thigh and pelvis, the hip bears a lot of weight, which can make it vulnerable to injury.
Common causes of hip pain include:
Hip pain may be a sharp pain or an ache. You might notice pain in the hip joint or in the muscles where the thighbones meet the pelvis.
See a doctor if you have:
Depending on what is causing the hip pain, other symptoms may include:
At your appointment, your doctor will ask about your hip pain, including when it started and what you think caused it. During your physical exam, you’ll also work together to check your hip’s strength and movement.
Before making a diagnosis, your doctor may order tests like:
Depending on the hip pain’s cause and severity, your doctor may suggest several possible treatments. These treatment options will be based on your lifestyle and overall health goals, and may include: