Hip Pain & Hip Flexor Pain

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, with the ball being the head of the femur (thigh bone) and the socket being a fusion of bones in the pelvis. The hip supports the body and helps to maintain balance. The hip joint is surrounded by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue, which help the hip to perform effectively.

Hip pain and hip flexor pain problems increase with age, due to loss of bone density and muscle mass, as well as other existing medical conditions that may interfere with healing. Fractured hips are particularly dangerous for the elderly, due to higher risk of complications from surgery and an extended period of immobility during recovery, when the individual may acquire blood clots in the legs, bedsores, UTIs, pneumonia, and other complications.

Hip Flexor Pain Symptoms

  • Discomfort and soreness during or after exercise
  • Stiffness, difficulty bending
  • Limping
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Popping sound when the hip joint is hurt or injured

Hip Pain Causes

  • Accident, injury, or fall
  • Fracture
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Infection
  • Loss of bone and muscle mass

Hip Pain Treatment & Hip Pain Relief - When to See a Doctor

Some hip pain can be treated by self-care methods, such as rest, ice, warm baths or showers, and over-the-counter pain medications. Persistent hip pain should be addressed by your doctor who may prescribe other medications, order physical therapy, or recommend further diagnosis and treatment by a specialist. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Your pain is the result of an accident or injury.
  • Your pain is severe or intolerable.
  • A fracture or dislocation is visible.
  • Your hip cannot support your weight.
  • Your hip or leg is immobile.