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Hip pain

Pain in the hip is very common. Hip pain affects children and adults and can have a variety of different causes. If you have hip pain that persists, you should see a doctor or physiotherapist.

Hip pain symptoms

You might have soreness inside the hip joint but you may also feel pain in your:

Sometimes pain from other areas can be felt in your hip - this is called ‘referred pain’. Pain in the hip can affect you when you:

  • walk up or down stairs
  • sit or stand for some time
  • exercise or play sport.

You should talk to your doctor or physiotherapist about your hip pain immediately if:

  • the pain is sudden or intense
  • the result of an injury or a fall
  • you notice swelling or bleeding.

If your child has pain in the hip, talk to your doctor.

What causes hip pain?

The cause of your hip pain will affect when and where you feel the soreness.

Conditions that cause hip pain include:

Hip pain diagnosis

A doctor or physiotherapist can work out what is causing the pain in your hip. They might talk to you and examine you, checking how you stand, how you walk and what movements cause pain. They may suggest blood tests or X-rays.

Hip pain treatment

The treatment might include:

Your doctor may suggest you consult an orthopaedic surgeon if surgery or other specialist treatment is needed. You might find pain relief with home treatments such as rest, heat or ice, massage or gentle exercises for hip pain.

Last reviewed: November 2015

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