Hip pain is a common compliant that affects people of all ages, and can have many different causes depending on the location of hip pain.
Many types of hip pain respond well to conservative measures, like physical therapy, although some require surgical intervention.
The hip joint is where the ball of the thighbone (femur) joins the pelvis at the socket (acetabulum). There is a cartilage covering both the bone of the femur and the acetabulum of the pelvis in the hip joint. There are numerous muscles and tendons that glide around the hip joint, helping to provide movement and stability. The hip joint is one of the largest joints of the body and has a critical role in walking.
The location and severity of hip pain can widely vary depending on the cause. Dysfunction of the hip joint tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or groin, while hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock are usually caused by a problem with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue that surround your hip joint.
A thorough physical examination will usually establish the diagnoses of hip pain. The underlying cause of hip pain will help direct the treatment and plan of care. Most instances of hip pain can be successfully treated conservatively (physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, etc.) although some injuries may require surgical intervention.