Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. The precise location of your hip pain can provide valuable clues about the underlying cause.
Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or referred to the knee. 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.


  • Anterior hip pain
  • Restriction of movements
  • Unable to bear weight
  • Difference in limb length

Hip pain may be caused by arthritis, injuries or other problems.


  • Septic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteo arthritis
  • Trochanteric bursitis


  • Fracture
  • Dislocation 
  • Stress Fracture
  • AVN
  • FAI
  • Sacroiliitis

Pinched Nerves

  • Herniated disk 
  • Meralgia paresthetica 
  • Sacroiliitis 
  • Sciatica 
  • Spinal stenosis


  • Advanced (metastatic) cancer that has spread to the bones  
  • Bone cancer 
  • Leukemia

Other problems

  • Osteoporosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Benign Bone tumors
  • Metabolic syndrome

Risk Factors

  • Elderly
  • Nutritional Problems , Osteoporosis
  • Sedentary life
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco and Alcohol


  • Ideal body weight
  • Regular exercise 
  • Quit smoking
  • Life style modification

Visit your doctor when

  • A joint that appears deformed 
  • Inability to move your leg or hip 
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected leg 
  • Intense pain 
  • Sudden swelling
  • Inability to sit cross legged or squat



D. Ortho., FRCS (Ortho) 
Consultant Joint Replacement & 
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon


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