Hip pain, although often present around the groin or buttock, may not always be felt precisely over the hip joint. Pain may be felt on the outside border of the hip, thigh, or knee. The location of your hip pain can suggest the probable underlying condition causing the pain. Pain felt inside the groin area is more likely to be caused by problems within the hip joint. Pain felt on the outer side of your hip, upper thigh or buttocks may be a result of the problems of the muscles, tendons, and bursa surrounding the hip joint. However, conditions affecting other parts of your body such as lower back or knees can also cause hip pain.
Hip pain can be caused by arthritis, bursitis, infection, fracture, low back pain, osteonecrosis of the hip, sprains or strains and tendinitis resulting from repetitive use. Dr. Fischer will evaluate the condition based on the history, physical examination of the hip and thigh region, and diagnostic studies including X-rays, CT, or MRI.