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Why is my hip stiff?
Hip arthritis (or inflammation of the joint) can result in swelling within the joint or the development of bone spurs. These phenomena will impede motion within the hip joint and eventually lead to stiffness.
Why does it hurt in my groin?
Hip problems often manifest as groin pain. The hip joint can also be felt in the deep buttock or side.
Why does my thigh or knee hurt?
Hip pain frequently radiates down the thigh and even into the knee.
Why can’t I sleep on my side?
Side pain exacerbated by pressure (such as side sleeping) can be an indication of bursitis rather than arthritis.
Why can’t I put on my shoes and socks anymore?
Hip arthritis often results in loss of motion at the joint, making it difficult to perform tasks requiring hip rotation.

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How a Healthy Hip Works

The hip is one of the main weight-bearing joints in your body. It consists of two main parts:

  • Femoral head – a ball at the top of your femur
  • Acetabulum – a rounded socket in your pelvis

Ligaments connect the ball to the socket and help keep them steady. A smooth, tough material called articular cartilage covers the surfaces to cushion the bones and let them move easily. The remaining surfaces of the hip joint are covered by a thin, smooth tissue liner called synovial membrane, which creates a fluid that acts as a lubricant to keep the bones from rubbing against each other.

What Causes Hip Pain?

While hip pain can be caused by a deformity or direct injury like trauma or a sports injury, the most common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Depending on factors like age, weight, joint function, and activity, people with arthritis find their hip’s cartilage lining wears away over time. At that point, the bones begin to rub against each other, resulting in friction, swelling, pain, stiffness, and instability.

Pain in your hip can be debilitating. It can make it difficult for you to walk, climb stairs, or bend over and it can limit your freedom of movement and ability to function independently. Experiencing joint pain day after day without relief can lead to ‘staying off’ the joint, which often weakens the muscles around it and it can become even more difficult to move.

You don’t have to live with severe joint pain and the functional limitations it causes. If you have not experienced adequate results with medication and other conservative treatments, surgery may provide the pain relief you long for and allow you to return to the lifestyle and activities you enjoy. Our orthopedic specialists can tell you whether you might benefit from joint replacement and explain the reasons why it may or may not be the right option for you.

Hip Doctors

Sean Amann, MD

Sean Amann, MD

Aric Christal, MD

Aric Christal, MD

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Topic: Hip