Common Causes of Hip Pain and Treatment Options for Pain Relief

Unless your hip bone is properly in place, it is impossible for you to stand up. What’s worse is you can never indulge in walking, running, or dancing, which all become luxuries for people with a dislocated hip. A problem with your hip bone causes chronic pain, and your world goes topsy-turvy, and daily chores become an ordeal. Look up pain specialists on sites like to learn more about spinal injuries and chronic back pain.

The ball-and-socket joint is an engineering marvel that allows repeated movement, but the fluid present neutralizes the resultant friction in the joint. That’s why we don’t feel any pain when we run, causing the bones in the bones in the socket joint to move rapidly. However, the hip joint is subject to wear and tear, and as we age, the cartilage wears down or can get damaged (by accidents), which causes excruciating pain that requires expert diagnosis and treatment.

Here are some prevalant reasons for hip pain:


 Osteoarthritis and spinal osteoarthritis are responsible for constant pain in the hip. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in four adults are diagnosed with arthritis, which is about 15 million adults in the United States. Osteoarthritis is caused due to age-related wear and tear, trauma, etc. The cartilage present in the hip for cushioning the joints starts to break down, and bare-bones rub against one another, causing excruciating pain. Besides the pain, patients often complain of stiffness, and difficulty with movement, disrupting their daily routine.  Treatment includes steroid and facet joint injections, nerve blocks, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and other medications. However, severe cases call for surgical intervention.


Bursitis owes its name to the inflammation of the bursa present outside the hip joint. This fluid-filled sac’s primary function is to form a cushion between the bones, tendons, and muscles to prevent friction caused by movement. Bursa is present in all joints of the body besides the hips. Bursitis causes the soft tissues surrounding the muscles and bones of the hip to degenerate. The condition often requires a specialist to diagnose and recommend treatment. Rest and cold compresses are recommended, along with the medication.


The muscles in your body are attached to the bones with a fibrous structure known as tendons. Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons surrounding the hip joint. Tendonitis causes swelling, irritation, and excruciating pain, and most patients suffer from tendonitis around the hip in the iliotibial band (IT band). While sports injuries or accidents can cause tendonitis, even overusing your tendons can cause tendonitis. Aging is another cause, as tendons tend to lose their elasticity with age.

Hip Labral Tear

The cartilage surrounding the hip joint is known as the labrum. The labrum plays a vital role in holding the ball in the thigh bone firmly in the hip socket. The labrum can tear due to trauma, rapid repetitive motions, or jerks. To an extent, hereditary conditions are responsible for painful tears in the labrum. Hip Labral tears often cause severe pain in the joints. It takes a specialist to diagnose the cause. Treatment options include medication or arthroscopy.

Herniated Disc

Disc degeneration is an age-related condition where the disk is subject to wear and tear. This condition is known as a herniated disc, a painful condition, which is also caused by the loss of water content in the spinal disc with aging. The disc loses some flexibility and can tear or rupture easily at the slightest hint of strain. While obesity or even being overweight can lead to extra pressure being exerted on the discs, physically demanding jobs, including repetitive lifting, pushing, or bending sideways, can result in a herniated disc. In some cases, heredity plays a part in causing a herniated disc.

The symptoms include arm or leg pain. If the severe pain originates in the buttocks, thighs, or calf, it indicates herniated disc in the lower back. A herniated disc in the neck provokes pain in the shoulder and arm. Patients with a herniated disc often complain of numbness or a tingling sensation in the affected area.

Hip Pain

Hip pain is induced by degeneration of the joint cartilage and typically affects the weight-bearing joints like the knee-joint, the hip-joint, and the back. An automobile accident or a severe sports injury can cause the hip joint’s dislocation, resulting in excruciating pain.  In such cases, the bones shift from their regular position, which causes pain. A patient with a dislocated hip joint cannot walk, and some may find it challenging even to stand up. A dislocated hip joint calls for emergency medical treatment, lest it affects the spinal cord, leading to further complications. Treatment options include steroid and facet joint injections, nerve blocks, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and other medications.

Summing it Up

Chronic, severe pain often denotes a serious underlying condition that needs to be medically evaluated and treated. If the discomfort does not subside within a couple of weeks, it is advisable to seek specialist medical treatment from experts.

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