Hip Pain Symptoms

Hip pain symptoms and ways people describe the pain in their hip. What caues pain in my hip?
  • Aching hips

    An aching pain deep in the hip can be sharp or dull and either acute or chronic. Aching hip pains can be due to osteoarthritis or from degeneration of the joint. Aching hips can also be due to an issue with the cartilage (labrum) in the socket where it is causing pain from a tear.

  • Chronic hip pain

    Chronic hip pain is long term pain in the hip, or hip pain, which may have developed gradually. The patient is unlikely to know a specific time when they noticed an injury occur. Chronic hip pain may also develop following an acute or sudden onset hip injury, which has not healed properly. Chronic hip pain can be due to an injury to the bones, soft tissue, cartilage, or ligaments.

  • Direct impact or hip trauma

    A direct impact or trauma to the hip from a collision either with another player or object can cause acute pain. Direct trauma can create soft tissue bruising or a more substantial fracture of the femur.

  • Front hip pain

    Pain at the front of the hip is usually due to an injury to the hip flexors. The iliopsoas muscles can sometimes get stretched creating a tear or strain with associated front hip pain. Front hip pain can also be referred from the lumbar spine. Hip biomechanics can play a factor in front hip pain. In acute or chronic situations hernia related issues can refer to the front of the hip.

  • Hip joint pain

    Pain deep in the hip joint may also be described as hipbone pain arising from the ball and socket joint. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles can create joint pain in the hip. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of hip joint pain and coincides with an affected labrum, which independently can elicit hip joint pain. Swelling of the hip joint can also be a factor in hip joint pain.

  • Hip muscle pain

    Hip muscle pain might be described as pain coming from the muscles surrounding the hip joint. This is likely to be the gluteal muscles in the buttock or TFL (tensor fascia latae) around the side of the hip. It could be from the deep lateral rotator muscles or alternatively a more common iliopsoas (hip flexor) injury.

  • Hip pain at night

    Pain in the hip joint, which occurs or gets worse at night. This could be for a number of reasons but a change of hip position as usually occurred or the muscles become relaxed. Joint issues of the hip can elicit pain at night and osteoarthritis is common with night pain this can be dull, sharp or a burning type of pain.

  • Hip pain balancing on one leg

    Hip pain when balancing on one leg
 can be due to the increased compression through the joint and weight transference. Balancing on one leg takes greater proprioception control and therefore any weaknesses, stiffness or swelling can create the hip pain.

  • Hip pain running

    Pain in the hip when running can be caused by bursitis due to the changing dynamics and movement of the hip. This is usually an overuse injury and these type of running injuries with pain can also be from a tight hamstring or a stiff iliotibial band (ITB).

  • Hip pain sitting

    Hip pain when sitting, especially for a long period of time is usually due to the flexed position the joint is in. In a sitting position trochanteric bursitis can cause pain and sometimes can radiate down the leg. Due to a change in posture of the lumbar spine sitting hip pain can be from a disc or neural problem in the back and can have sciatica type of feeling associated with a constant pain, numbness or burning pain.

  • Hip stiffness

    Stiffness in the hip with restricted range of movement in the hip joint is a common issue and can be simply from shortened muscles. Stiffness of the joint can also be from swelling or a bleed within the joint.

  • Hip swelling

    Swelling in the hip joint. This is not always obvious due to the deep joint capsule. Patients may feel pressure in the hip joint or a warm inflamed or burning sensation. Hip swelling can be due to a muscle tear or inflamed bursa. In some cases an infection or reaction can cause swelling in the hip and medical attention should be sought. Arthritis can cause hip swelling and is associated with pain. In trauma a hip fracture or labrum tear will cause hip swelling.

  • Outer hip pain

    Pain on the outside of the hip or lateral hip pain is associated with muscle, tendon, ligamentous or bone injuries surrounding the hip joint. The iliotibial band connecting to the tensor fascia latae can cause outer hip pain or friction and results in pain when tight. The greater trochanteric bursa is an outer hip pain source when inflamed


  • Sore hips

    Sore hips can feel like a burning or inflamed feeling in the hip joint and can be from a strain or tear. The hips can also be sore when there is a biomechanical issue or an impingement due to a bone spur, osteophyte or loose body within the joint. Swelling can cause a sore hip
 especially within the capsule and this could be from osteoarthritis, labrum tear, degeneration or a fracture.

  • 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.