Hip pain is a common complaint and can be due to a variety of problems. The location of your hip pain can provide valuable information for your orthopedic surgeon to determine the underlying cause.

Problems within the hip joint tend to result in pain on the inside of the hip or your groin area. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.

Pain in the hip can often be caused by diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back. This type of pain is called referred pain.

Hip pain may be caused by arthritis, injuries or other problems.



  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

  • Psoriatic arthritis

  • Septic arthritis


  • Tendonitis

  • Bursitis

  • Dislocation

  • Hip fracture

  • Hip labral tear

  • Inguinal hernia

Pinched Nerves

  • Sciatica

  • Meralgia paresthetica

  • Sacroiliitis



  • Bone Cancer

  • Leukemia

  • Advanced (metastatic) cancer that has spread to the bones

Other Problems

  • Avascular necrosis

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (in children)

  • Osteomyelitis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Synovitis

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Ask someone to drive you to urgent care or the emergency room if your hip pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by:

  • Immense Hip Pain

  • A joint that appears deformed

  • Signs of an infection (such as chills, fever, joint or skin redness around the joint area

  • Inability to bear weight on the affected leg

  • Inability to move your leg or hip

  • Sudden swelling