Pain in hip joint

Pain that is created by the illness of the hip joint, are reflected in groin, lower part of the spine, legs (knee and in rare cases also lower) or muscle of the hip joint. Therefore not always people relate the reflected pain with problems in hip joint.

Responsibility of the doctor is to identify and evaluate true reasons of the pain. Many times problems related to the hip joint can be combined with the illnesses of spine and knee joint. Therefore it is essential to perform precise diagnostics to distinguish causes of pain and choose the most appropriate treatment.

Frequently diagnostics apply anaesthetic injection in the hip joint (performed under ultrasound control) to temporarily eliminate pain caused by the hip joint and evaluate whether other kind of pain is maintained and specify causes of this pain. In considering that ORTO clinics specialize in the treatment of support and movement apparatus, you can receive help and consultations of Traumatologist – Orthopaedic Specialist, Spine Surgeon and Neurologist in one place.


Seek help of the Traumatologist – Orthopaedic Specialist if

  • Pain in the hip does not go away within few days time;
  • Pain wakes you up at night;
  • Pain or uncomfortable feeling on the hip joint makes you frequently change your posture while standing or sitting.

Pain in the groin. Frequently simultaneously to the pain in the hip joint you can also feel pain in the groin. This pain reminds of tension, pulsating. If pain of the hip is on the side of buttocks not groin it can indicate that sciatic nerve is compressed or hip joint has inflamed.

Pain in the lower part of the spine is one of the most characteristic signs of the pain in hip joints. Pain is usually characterized as dull and pulsating. If the reason is not treated, there is a risk to develop serious limitations of movements.

Pain in the leg can be caused by problems in hip joint. For example, pain caused by the hip joint can reflect both in the groin and in the leg, including the knee. Reflecting pain can manifest in weakness (asthenia) or tingling. If pain in the leg does not go away for several days it is recommended to seek the help of Traumatology – Orthopaedic specialist to determine causes of the pain.

Stiffness and tackling is characteristic signs of the osteoarthritis of the hip. Still it can also be, for example, consequences of rheumatoid arthritis.

Limited movements in the hip joint can be sign of injury or deforming osteoarthritis. Limitations of the movements in hip joint can manifest, for example, as difficulties or inability to bend to put on/take off shoes. Also climbing the stairs can be difficult or even impossible.

Limping. When you experience problems of the hip joint, frequently walking is difficult and causes pain, therefore people are limping. If you notice that pain makes you limp, immediately seek help of Traumatology – Orthopaedic specialist. Otherwise while trying to reduce pain you unintentionally hold the painful hip joint higher than the other. As a result habit develops that gradually alters mechanics of the support and movement apparatus. Length of the leg becomes shorter because part of the shank bone is lifted higher than shank of the other leg. For these patients after the surgery of the damaged hip joint different length of legs is maintained. Prolonged course of remedial exercising is required to gradually regain correct placement of the hip and even out length of legs.

Cracks in the hip joint. Ligaments cause cracking sounds when you get up, go or move the hip joint in some other way. If the crack is painless, then it does not indicate something bad about your health condition. Crack in the hip accompanied by pain can indicate damage in the hip joint. If cracks in the hip joint are painful, it is recommended to seek help of the Traumatology – Orthopaedic specialist in order to determine causes and begin appropriate treatment.