Causes of Hip Pain

There are many causes of hip pain. Some of the more common causes are listed below. If the patient is suffering from chronic hip pain, it is best to consult a doctor to understand its cause and chart the way forward.


There are over 100 types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hip are amongst the most common causes of hip pain. Arthritis, caused by the deterioration and gradual breakdown of the cushion lining the hip, leads to painful swelling and inflammation of the hip joint. In addition to feeling pain, arthritis patients usually feel stiffness and have reduced range of motion at the hip.

Hip Fractures:

Hip fractures are very common among adults aged over 65. Vision loss and deteriorating balance may cause an accidental fall leading to a fracture. At this age, the bones tend to weaken, causing the hip to fracture even more easily.

Osteonecrosis or Avascular Necrosis:

Hip avascular necrosis (AVN) is common in India. Studies suggest that Asians have a genetic disposition towards hip AVN. It is a disease which is caused by reduced blood flow to the hip bone, leading to the death of surrounding cells and tissue, ultimately causing the collapse of the hip. Hip AVN is often caused by taking un-prescribed steroidal medications or drinking alcohol heavily.


Bone cancer or cancer that spreads to the bone often causes hip pain.

**The treatment for hip pain varies from patient to patient and case to case. If a patient is suffering from chronic moderate to severe hip pain, it may be advisable to visit a licensed medical practitioner so that he/she can diagnose the cause and prescribe a treatment plan accordingly.

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