Hip Pain

We're sorry you have hip pain!

The goal of this guide is to provide information while awaiting evaluation with your doctor, or for additional information after you have seen him or her. Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to replace a face-to-face evaluation with your doctor. The diagnoses provided are among the most common that could explain your symptoms -- but the list is not exhaustive and there are many other possibilities. In addition, more than one condition may be present at the same time. For example, a person with rheumatoid arthritis could also have tendonitis.

The hip is prone to developing pain in part because its anatomy is complex and because it has a large range of motion. Some of these structures, including the bursae, muscles, tendons, or ligaments are common causes of hip pain, even when the joint itself is fine.

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Certain symptoms suggest the possibility of a serious cause of hip pain that requires evaluation right away.

Do you have hip pain with

  • fever

  • inability to walk or bear weight

  • unintended weight loss

  • recent significant trauma (a fall, car accident, etc.)?

Yes, I have one or more of these symptoms.

No, I do not have these symptoms.

Good! The next question is asking about how bad your hip pain is and how it affects your ability to function.

Are your symptoms mild? For example, are you still able to do most or all of your usual activities?

Yes, I do most or all of my usual activities.

No, I cannot do most or all of my usual activities.

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