The hip joint is the joint that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the pelvis. It functions as a ball and socket joint that moves in multiple directions. Signs of problems in the hip include:
•Pain in the groin
•Pain in the front of the hip
•Pain increases with walking
•Limited range of motion in the hip
•Limited ability to cross the legs in sitting
Pain in the back of the hip or buttocks is often confused with hip pain but is frequently the result of issues with the low back.
Pain in the hip joint may limit walking and daily activity tolerance. 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. Light stretching may be helpful as well. Ice or heat may help with surface symptoms but the hip is a very deep joint and the thermal effects of ice or heat may not reach the hip joint.
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 in the knee. Arthritis in the hip may alter walking patterns and also cause low back pain.
Signs that you may need a hip replacement include severe pain in the hip or groin that does not improve pain in the groin with crossing the legs or flexing the hip, or hip and groin pain with walking. Most of the time, a hip replacement is needed when there is hip pain due to severe osteoarthritis in the hip joint. This may cause limited range of motion and walking tolerance.