6 Common Reasons Why Your Hip Hurts

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of reasons. The hip, just like any other part of your body, is subject to wear and tear leading to deterioration. Sometimes, hip injuries are trauma or sports-related. Usually, however, these conditions simply develop over time through overuse.

In this article, I describe some common reasons why your hip may hurt. 

Structure of the Hip

The hips are a strong and sturdy part of your body, however, they are not indestructible. To understand your hip pain, it is first important to understand the structure of the hip. 

The hip is the largest ball and socket in your body. The thigh bone fits snugly into the socket of the pelvis. This creates a more stable, but less flexible connection than the shoulder. The hip is held together by muscles in your groin and buttocks, your spine, tendons, ligaments, and joins. Fluid lubricates the joins and allows for flexible movement. The largest nerve in the body- the sciatic nerve passes through your pelvis to your hip into your leg. 

Hip Injuries

Hip injuries can be painful. The hip cartilage can wear down over time of excessive use. You can have a muscle tear or bone fracture that may be causing you pain. Below are some of the most common reasons for hip pain.


A sprain is also known as a tear in the ligament that connects two bones together. A mild sprain can be treated at home with ice. Some more severe sprains need medical attention to be treated. 

Symptoms of a sprain include pain, swelling, and bruising. You may also hear a pop at the time of injury. 

Dislocated Hip

A dislocated hip happens when two bones connected at a joint are moved from their normal position. A dislocated hip is a painful condition and you should seek medical attention immediately to get your bones back to their original position. 

Sometimes you can physically see that the bone or joint is out of place. Other symptoms include swelling and immobility. Dislocation usually occurs with excessive force or a sports injury. 


Osteoarthritis, the more common type of arthritis occurs when the cartilage protecting your bones wears down. Symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of range of motion. The symptoms of arthritis can be treated, but the damage to the cartilage cannot be repaired. 

Arthritis is caused when the cartilage around the bones deteriorates and the bones begin to rub against each other. This usually happens over time and is caused by old age or genetics. 


Bursitis is a condition when the fluid-filled sacs become inflamed. These sacs- called the bursae cushions your bones, tendons, joints, and muscles. Hip bursitis is a fairly common condition. 

Symptoms of hip bursitis include feeling achy and stiff, pain when you move the hip or press on it. Bursitis is caused by wear and tear of the joint or from excessive pressure. Exercising regularly can help reduce your risk of bursitis. 


Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. A tendon attaches muscle to bone. Tendonitis can be treated early on with physical therapy, however, if you have a rupture, surgery may be necessary.

Symptoms of tendonitis include pain, swelling, and tenderness. Tendonitis usually occurs from wear and tear. 

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis is the death of bone tissue. It can lead to fractures in the bone and eventually can collapse the bone. Avascular necrosis is associated with long term steroid use, long term alcohol use, trauma, or fatty deposits in the blood vessels. 

The condition is caused by a loss of blood flow to the bones. 

This condition starts out symptomless. Eventually, you feel pain when you put weight on the bone or joint. 

Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.