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.

Common symptoms

  • 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.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know what’s the cause of my hip pain?

The causes vary. Hip pain can result from sitting too long, pushing your hips down when walking or running, or having poor posture when performing physical tasks. Consult your doctor if the cause is unknown to rule out other conditions.

How long does hip pain last?

Hip pain can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the severity of the condition, and it can be treated with physical therapy, rest, and anti-inflammatory medication.

How do I know if my hip pain is serious?

Hip pain is common but rarely serious. But if there is any sign of deformity around the joints and it pains even when resting, you should get it checked out.

Will I need hip replacement surgery?

Only as a last resort if physical training, strength conditioning and medication has failed.

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