Sudden hip pain

Sudden onset hip pain can be from a strain or tear from an acute episode. Acute hip pain can also be from bruises from direct impact. Sharp pain in the hip can be sudden and can be referred from the lumbar spine. Sudden hip pain can be from femoral fractures or a more severe hip dislocation.

Sudden hip pain is more likely in older people with weaker bones where fractures can occur and can be associated with nocturnal awakening when avascular necrosis (AVN) is an issue, but also sudden pain can be due to infection and in both cases medical professional help should be sought immediately. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Rectus Femoris Tendon Inflammation

    The rectus femorisis the large quadricep muscle running down the middle of the front of the thigh. Its function is to lift up the knee and straighten the leg.

  • Rectus Femoris Tendon Rupture

    The rectus femoris is one of the powerful quadriceps muscles. A rupture of the tendon at the top of the muscle near the hip can result from overuse or explosive loads on the muscle, like sprint starts or kicking a ball. When the tendon ruptures, groin pain or a sharp pain at the front of the hip may be felt. The severity of the symptoms depends on whether the rupture is partial or complete.

  • Labral Tear of the Hip Joint

    Labral Tear - Hip

    A labral tear of the hip joint is a tear to the cartilage lining of the hip joint, called the acetabulumm which acts as cushioning for the joint. A tear can cause hip and groin pain and make the joint stiff. This hip injury can be caused by a direct impact or come on gradually through degeneration. Read more on the causes, symptoms and treatment here.

  • Hip Sprain

    Hip Sprain

    A hip sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments surrounding the hip joint. This is a rare injury which may occur after a violent force on the leg over-stretches one or more ligaments.

  • Hip Pointer

    A hip pointer occurs following an impact to the iliac crest at the top of the hip bone or the greater trochanter or bony protrusion on the outside of the thigh bone.

  • Rectus Femoris Avulsion

    Rectus Femoris Avulsion

    A rectus femoris avulsion fracture occurs where a strong contraction of the rectus femoris muscle pulls the tendon and a small piece of bone away from the attachment point.

  • Hip Pain

    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.