Why Does My Hip Hurt? Top Reasons

Hip pain can occur at any age, from college graduates to 80-year-old grandpas. However, the underlying cause of your pain can be difficult to pinpoint. Unless you discover the cause, your doctor cannot recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs. The key to getting the best treatment for hip pain is determining whether the problem is actually your hip. 

Women experience hip pain more than men, and they tend to confuse the pain in their thighs or upper buttocks with their hips. In contrast, hip pain is felt in the groin or the outside of the hip over the joint. If you are experiencing pain, consult with a hip pain grimes doctor today. 

Top reasons why your hips may be hurting 

  • Core muscle injury. 

You may have a core muscle injury if you experience pain in your groin. This type of injury is common among people who play contact and high-impact sports that involve extreme twisting and turning but do not have the athlete conditioning as required. Rest can help to recover from the injury. 

  • Arthritis. 

Arthritis is a common cause of long-term hip pain. The condition can lead to painful and tender joints, making walking difficult. There are various types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis (OA), infectious arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is the most commonly found type. If you are experiencing chronic pain, check out the best joint supplements available to relief and manage your pain long term.

  • Hip fractures. 

Hip fractures are more common among old women with osteoporosis as they are at a greater risk of injury due to decreased bone density. Symptoms may include pain and difficulty in straightening, standing, or lifting up your leg or any time you try to put pressure over your legs. Getting diagnosed at the right time is important to determine a treatment plan for a better outcome. Surgery or other interventions may be required. 

  • Bursitis. 

Pain outside your hips, thighs, or buttocks may be bursitis, a condition caused due to inflammation of fluid sacs that cushion muscles. The health condition can make walking, climbing stairs, and even doing basic household chores and everyday activities challenging. It may pain even when you lie down on the affected side while sleeping. Bursitis is more common among people over 60. 

  • Snapping hip syndrome. 

The snapping hip syndrome is when an athlete experiences a snapping sound or feeling in the hips. For example, a snapping sound may occur whenever you stand up or walk. While the condition is painless in most cases, it can cause some pain for some people. 

Dr. David K Simson
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.