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:

Osteoarthritis

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.

Referred pain

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.

If you have hip pain and you’re not sure what to do about it, please feel free to call us on (02) 6257 9400 or email us at info@spinecentre.com.au.