Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. You may not feel pain from your hip directly over the hip area. You may feel it in your groin or pain in your thigh or knee.
Hip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hip
Pain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems:
Pain you feel in the hip may reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself.
For hip pain related to overuse or physical activity:
See your health care provider before exercising your hip. If you think you may have arthritis in or have injured your hip.
Go to a hospital or get emergency help if:
Call your doctor if:
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam with careful attention to your hips, thighs, back, and the way you walk. To help diagnose the cause of the problem, your health care provider will ask questions about:
You may need x-rays of your hip or an MRI scan.
Your health care provider may tell you to take a higher dose of over-the-counter medication. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication.
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