Buttock, Hip & Groin Pain

Buttock hip and groin pain is often connected or might be pain referred from another area such as the lower back. The hip and groin area is one of the most challenging areas of the body to treat by sports injury specialists. The reason for this is that there are a large number of possible structured that can be injured and cause pain in this area and also because most of the structures are very deep within the groin area (including the hip joint).

Acute hip and groin pain is usually caused by a sudden injury or trauma rather than being of gradual onset or a chronic long term injury.

Sudden onset groin strains, or any acute muscle injury should be treated with rest, ice, compression and if possible elevation. The majority of hip and groin injuries, especially the minor ones, can be treated at home. However, if you have any of the following symptoms you should seek further medical assistance.

There are a number of hip/groin conditions that present in the hip and groin area.  The most common is Perthes' disease which usually presents itself between the ages of four and eight years of age, although it can also occasionally occur in younger (toddlers) or older children (teenagers).

Pain in the buttocks is often gradual onset and can include piriformis syndrome, myofascial pain or pain referred from the lower back or sacroiliac joint. Direct impact can cause a contusion or bruising.

Hip pain or hip joint pain often develops gradually and can be from a number of causes. Labral tears and Osteoarthritis are more common, especially in older athletes who have been highly active in their 20's and 30's. Hip pain in children is often diagnosed as Perthe's disease. Here we list the causes of hip pain.

The most common cause of pain in the groin is an acute groin strain and this is frequently seen in twisting and turning sports such as American football, rugby and soccer.  Whereas acute groin strains can take 2 to 3 weeks to recover, chronic groin injuries can take months if not years to clear up, often because there are several possible causes.