The hip is a complex joint as it is required to have a lot of movement as well as support the weight of the body.
The hip is also a very common area where people feel pain. There are many possible causes of hip discomfort. Some of the conditions I see frequently include:
Degeneration of joint cartilage and the bone may cause hip pain. It is more commonly seen in middle aged to older people.
Soft tissue pain
Issues with muscles, tendons and bursae (fluid filled sacs to reduce friction between structures) can lead to hip discomfort. Pain over the side of the hip is frequently caused by trochanteric bursitis.
Often hip pain occurs as a result of a back problem.
When you have hip pain, it is important to get assessed to determine the cause of the condition. Proper diagnosis will allow you to receive the best treatment.
In many cases, hip pain will improve with conservative management without the use of surgery or medication.