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Common Causes of Hip Pain: When Should You Seek Treatment?

Due to the structure of the hip, pain in this area can have many different causes. The location of the pain may give you some clues as to what is causing the discomfort in the hip. For example, if you’re having pain in the inside of your hip or in the groin area, it’s probably a problem with your hip joint. If you’re having pain in the outside of your hip, upper thigh or in the outer buttock area, it’s probably a problem with the muscles, ligaments or tendons that surround your hip joint. Bursitis, tendonitis, a tear, dislocation, fracture or inguinal hernia are potential sources of pain in the hip area.

Pain can also come from a disease or condition. Arthritis, some types of cancer, osteoporosis and pinched nerves can all lead to hip pain, as well.

Since there are so many potential underlying causes of hip pain, you should get it checked out by a doctor. When you first notice pain in the hip, you can try rest, pain relievers, ice or heat. If you have intense pain, are unable to walk or have signs of infection, you should seek immediate medical attention.

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