How does the hip joint work?
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that allows a good range of movement but which is also very stable. Read more
What causes hip pain?
Most hip pain has a very simple explanantion such as a strain after exercise, although long-term hip pain may be linked to a specific condition such as arthritis. Read more
Should I see a doctor about my hip pain?
Most hip pain gets better on its own or with simple treatments, but you should see your doctor if the pain is severe 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 things that you can try if you have hip pain. These include using painkillers, exercising and reducing the strain on your hip. Read more
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 to have some tests. Read more
Specific hip conditions
Hip pain is often caused by a simple strain, but it can also be linked to conditions such as arthritis or soft tissue conditions. And sometimes the pain can arise from a problem in the back. Read more
What treatments are there for hip pain?
If hip pain doesn’t ease with self-help methods, treatments may include drugs, physiotherapy, steroid injections or surgery. Read more
What hip surgery options are there?
Most people with hip pain won't need surgery, but it might be worth considering if your hip is badly damaged and the pain limits your daily activities. Read more
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