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Common Causes of Hip Pain


Hip pain is a very common complaint seen by physicians. It may affect individuals of any age. In a study done at Johns Hopkins Medical School, 14.3-percent of adults 60-years and older reported significant hip pain on most days over the preceding 6-weeks.

Hip pain may be caused by a wide variety of problems including arthritis, injuries, compressed nerves, and other problems. Hip pain is generally localized to one of 3 regions of the body: anterior (front) hip and groin, posterior (back) hip and buttock, or lateral (side) hip. The 10 common causes of hip pain are…

1. Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, muscles, and tendons near joints. These sacs are referred to as bursae. Bursae are located near large joints such as the shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, and hip. They help reduce friction around or near a joint. The etiology of bursitis is overuse or direct trauma to a joint. It is the most common cause of hip pain.

There are 2 major bursae in that hip that may become inflamed. One is located near the greater trochanter, which is the bony point of the hip. Inflammation of the bursa in this area is termed trochanteric bursitis. The condition is characterized by lateral hip pain. The iliopsoas bursa is the other major hip bursa and is located inside the hip. Inflammation of the bursa in this area is termed iliopsoas bursitis, which occurs less often than trochanteric bursitis. The condition is characterized by anterior hip or groin pain.

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