Hip Pain Overview

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Hip Pain Overview

Hip Pain

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The hip joint is the joint that connects the femur bone to the pelvis.  It functions as a ball and socket joint that moves in multiple directions.  Hip pain can vary in nature:

  • Pain in the groin or adductors
  • Pain in the front of the hip
  • Cannot cross your legs
  • Pain increases with walking or running
  • Limited range of motion


Hip Injuries

Arthritis is the leading cause of hip injuries and hip pain.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Hip Fracture

Hip Trauma

  • Hip fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation or Subluxation of the hip
  • Inguinal hernia or Sports Hernia
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Strain/Sprain
  • Pelvic Fracture


  • Bone Cancer
  • Leukemia

Other Hip Problems

  • Avascular Necrosis or Bone Death
  • Osteoporosis

Do I Need a Hip Replacement?

You may need a hip replacement if you have severe pain in the hip or groin that does not improve.  Pain in the groin with crossing your legs or flexing the hip, or hip and groin pain with walking.   Arthritis can cause so much pain that you lose ROM and the pain causes you to stop your activities of daily living.

What Can I Do to Decrease the Hip Pain?

The best way to address the pain initially is to cut back on walking and consider exercises which require less weight bearing, such as riding a stationary bike, swimming or exercising in a pool.  Ice or heat may help make the pain less intense.  If this does not help, you may need formal physical therapy.

Hip Arthritis Symptoms

Hip arthritis can have a wide range of severity in symptoms.  Most people notice pain in the hip or groin region which is worse with excessive weight bearing activity.  Patients may experience stiffness or loss of range of motion in the hip and limited mobility with daily activity.  At times, the hip may cause pain to travel to the knee or thigh.  Pain may cause you to walk with a different gait pattern which may cause you to have pain in other joints.


5 Reasons You Should See an Orthopedic Physician?

  1. Pain with lifting the hip up or flexing the hip
  2. Hip pain that travels to the groin
  3. Hip and groin pain when sitting, driving, walking, sleeping or exercising
  4. Hip pain that does not resolve in a few weeks
  5.  Decreased range of motion of the hip due to pain

If you want to make an appointment with a JOI Hip Surgeon, please call JOI-2000.  For Physical Therapy please call 858-7045.

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By: Ehren Allen, PT, CMT

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