Hip pain

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How does the hip joint work?

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that helps you move your legs during everyday activities such as walking and going up and down stairs. Read more >

What causes hip pain?

Most hip pain has a very simple explanantion, such as a strain after exercise. It's usually felt in the hip, but it can sometimes be felt in the groin, front of the leg and the knee. Read more >

Should I see a doctor about my hip pain?

Most cases of hip pain will get better on their own or with simple self-help treatments. You should see your doctor if the pain is extremely bad or if it hasn’t improved with painkillers after two weeks. Read more >

How can I help myself when I have hip pain?

There are several ways that you can help yourself, including:
  • taking painkillers
  • getting a balance between rest and exercise
  • thinking about whether your day-to-day activities contribute to your hip pain and doing something to reduce the strain
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How are hip problems diagnosed?

Your doctor will usually make a diagnosis based on your symptoms and an examination of your hip, although you may also need the following tests:
  • x-rays
  • computerised tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
  • blood tests
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Specific hip conditions

Hip pain can be caused by a simple strain, but it can also be the result of a number of different conditions, including:
  • osteoarthritis of the hip joint, Paget’s disease and other types of arthritis
  • avascular necrosis
  • referred pain from the back
  • soft tissue conditions
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What treatments are there for hip pain?

If hip pain doesn’t ease with self-help methods, the usual treatments include:
  • drugs
  • physiotherapy
  • steroid injections
  • surgery
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What hip surgery options are there?

Hip replacement surgery might be worth considering if damage to the joint and constant pain limits your daily activities. Hip replacement is an extremely good treatment for arthritis-related hip pain.

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Research and new developments for hip pain

Arthritis Research UK is currently funding research into the effect of genes on abnormalities in the shape of the hip joint. Read more >

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