Common causes of pain in your hips
Understanding what is causing your pain is the first step in finding the correct treatment or course of action so you can find hip pain relief. Not all discomfort is caused by an underlying hip condition or disease.
Sometimes other factors are to blame, like:
- Wear and tear over time (this is the most common)
- Old injuries
- Lack of exercise
- Doing exercises that put too much pressure on the hips
- Carrying excess weight
Hip arthritis is one of a few age-related or “wear and tear” hip conditions. It causes pain and stiffness in the hip and may make it difficult to bend over or rise from sitting. There’s no cure for this condition yet, but you can get hip pain relief and maintain an active life with early treatment.
Hip arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage between your pelvic bones wears away. When you move, these bones begin to rub against each other, causing pain.
Risk factors for hip arthritis include (but are not limited to):
- Advanced age
- Previous hip injury
- Family history of hip arthritis
In some cases, hip arthritis develops due to an improper formation of the hip at birth or developmental dysplasia of the hip. This arthritis pain can start either sharp or dull and usually worsens over time. Though you can make some lifestyle changes to find hip pain relief on your own, seeing a doctor is your best bet for making an accurate diagnosis and finding a solution that will address or relieve your pain.
With this condition, you might have:
- Difficulty reaching your feet to put on socks or shoes
- Pain that radiates to your buttocks or knee
- Stiffness that makes it hard to walk or bend
- Increased joint pain when it rains
- A grinding sound during movement of your hip
Bursae are small, jelly-like sacs that are located throughout the body, including in the hip. They contain a small amount of fluid and act as cushions to help reduce friction between bones and soft tissues. Bursitis is inflammation of these fluid-filled sacs. Trochanteric bursitis is the most common form of this condition, where the pain and tenderness you feel is around the bony point of your hip bone.
With trochanteric bursitis, you might also feel pain radiating out from your hip bone to your thigh or buttocks. It can start by feeling sharp and intense but gradually become more of an ache over time.
Soreness with trochanteric bursitis is usually worse when first getting up from a sitting position, walking up stairs, lying down on the affected side of the hip, or when you’ve completed a vigorous activity, like walking for a half hour or more.
Other things that can lead to trochanteric bursitis:
- Lack of exercising, especially stretching
- When one leg is significantly shorter than the other, affecting the way you walk
- Repetitive overuse or stress on the hip
- Diseases of the spine
- Calcium deposits or bone spurs
- Hip injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis