Hip pain can be caused by a variety of factors including injury, arthritis, and trauma. Hip pain often impacts people who are obese or have osteoarthritis. This condition is more commonly seen in runners, cyclists, and other athletes who are involved in activities that put stress on the hip joint. Some other possible causes include muscle strain or sprain, bone fracture, and inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Aching, burning sensation in the hips
- Pain in the hip joint
- Pain in the thighs
- Pain on the outside or inside the legs
- Pain when moving, especially walking
- Swelling, redness, and tenderness around the hips
Common treatment options
- Rest and recovery: Muscle strain in hip or back muscles only require sufficient rest until the pain subsides.
- Medication: Medications are popular treatment for hip pain – typically anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.
- Physical therapy: Hip arthritis as a result of degeneration of the joint and often requires treatment with medication and physical therapy.
- Surgery: Injuries to the hip joint that include fractures and dislocations that require surgery to treat.