Hip Pain

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Our hip joint is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body, and is built to withstand a fair amount of wear-and-tear due to the repeated motion and pressures constantly placed on this joint. It allows for fluid movement to occur between the torso and our legs, and is a key factor in our ability to walk, run and jump. 

There is a cushion of cartilage over the hip joint that prevents friction when the bone moves in it's socket. However, our hip joints are not indestructible and injuries can occur from age and use of the joint, such as the cartilage wearing down or becoming damaged, or the muscles and tendons being overused. 

Hip pain can stem from a number of different causes and as it is a major joint, pain can also be caused by problems in other parts of the body like your knees or lower back. 

Common causes of hip pain

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage (smooth elastic tissue) that protects the ends of the bones breaks down over time. This results in pain and swelling at your major joints, often making them hard to move.

Bursitis

When the small, fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints become subjected to higher levels of stress and/or irritation, they become inflamed, enlarged and painful.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

When the band that runs down the outside of your thigh, connecting your hip to your knee is overused or overloaded, it results in a painful condition known as¬†iliotibial band syndrome (ITB Syndrome). 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term autoimmune disorder that affects the body through persistent damage to the lining of the joints. This happens when the immune system doesn't work properly, mistakenly attacking your own healthy cells. 

Are you experiencing pain elsewhere?

Leg pain


Lower back pain


Knee pain

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