The most common cause of HIP PAIN is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Hip pain may also be the result of trauma, a sports injury, overuse, or even a spinal problem. Resulting injuries vary and may include torn cartilage, fractures, muscle tears, or bursitis. Decreased blood flow to the bone may cause osteonecrosis, a rapid breaking down of bone. Some injuries may cause pieces of bone or cartilage to shear off and remain loose in the hip socket.

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Untreated hip pain may cause a variety of other conditions such as poor gait, balance issues, and chronic pain radiating to the knee.


Finding an accurate diagnosis for your hip pain is essential in providing the best treatment option and outcome. For a hip fracture, hip replacement surgery may mean a relatively quick return to mobility. Some hip surgeries may even be done on an outpatient basis. For less serious injuries, there are non-surgical options such as physical therapy, PRP (platelet rich plasma), anti-inflammatories, and injections.