Common Causes of Hip Pain

Posted on November 30th, 2021 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Hip joints are very important and help to keep us mobile. This ball and socket joint, and the body’s largest, allows for fluid motion and can withstand repeated movements and a good amount of wear and tear. 

Despite their durability, hip joints, like any other joint, can suffer from serious injury due to aging and repeated use. The surrounding cartilage can become worn, the muscles and tendons can be damaged, or the bones can fracture or break, leading to serious pain. These are some of the most common conditions that cause damage to the hip joint and can lead to pain and discomfort:  


Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the hip joints are very common causes of hip pain among older adults. With arthritis, the joint becomes inflamed, and the cartilage which cushions the bones starts to break down, causing growing pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.  


Sacs of fluid that lay between the tissues that make up the hip joint are called bursae, and they work to reduce friction and allow for a comfortable range of motion. When these bursae become inflamed, often due to repeated use and irritation, severe pain can be felt.  


The tendons are the thick bands that help keep your bones attached to the muscles. With overuse and stress, the tendons can also become inflamed, causing pain and difficulty moving. 

Tendon or Muscle Strain

The tendons and muscles around the hip joint provide the necessary support for it to function correctly, but they can become strained with overuse as well.  

Hip Labral Tear

The ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the hip joint is called the labrum. It works like a seal to comfortably hold the joint in place. Those who repeatedly move the joint in a twisting motion, such as athletes, can tear the labrum.

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