These Are the Reasons Your Hip May Hurt

The human body is a complex network of connected systems and structures. Made to meet our physical needs, the body is sometimes subjected to long-term or extreme demands, some of which do not end when we sleep. It’s easy to assume your body will always accomplish what is asked of it. When pain develops and it affects daily living for any length of time, an area of your body may immediately get your full attention.

As knee and hip specialists, we are often asked by patients why their hip hurts. Behind this question, we recognize the fear that hip pain may cause. The bigger question may be “will I need surgery to get rid of hip pain?” The good news is that every little twinge to occur in the hip is not an indication of a major problem. However, there is value in seeking a professional evaluation from an orthopedic specialist when hip pain lingers. This consultation could help you understand the warning signs your body may be sending you.

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, similar to the shoulder. The hip is also the largest of this kind of joint structure. It intersects where the pelvis and the femur meet and is surrounded by strong gluteal muscles that support joint stability as well as a wide range of movements. Every time you climb stairs, walk, run, stand up, and sit down, your hip joint is at work. Due to frequent usage, this joint may be affected by several conditions.

Recognizing Hip Pain

To describe sensations in the hip only as pain could be to miss important indications of a problem. Hip symptoms may provide valuable clues to their cause so warrant attention. Some of the ways a hip problem may manifest include:

  • Tenderness or soreness in the joint
  • Weakness in the hip that affects gait (how you walk)
  • Swelling
  • A warm sensation to the touch
  • Pain in the groin or upper leg
  • Limited range of motion or physical stamina due to discomfort
  • Difficulty sleeping due to hip pain

Causes of Hip Pain

We look closely at symptoms to begin to understand what may be causing hip pain and other symptoms. Additionally, diagnostic imaging is often performed to confirm our suspicions or guide us in making a definitive diagnosis. Some of the reasons for hip pain include:

  • Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • A labral tear
  • Tissue damage
  • Strain

Hip pain does not always mean that surgery is necessary. It does mean that a medical examination is in order. To schedule a consultation in our Paramus, NJ knee and hip center, call 201.291.4040.


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