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hip pain

hip pain: causes

Hip pain is common and can be caused by a variety of issues. The precise location of your hip pain can offer valuable evidence of the underlying cause. Hip pain is mostly associated with older adults but can affect all age groups.

The hip is a complex joint which keep us upright, allows us to bear weight, walk smoothly, play sports. Since the hips are engaged in nearly every way we move, pain in this area can have debilitating consequences for patients.

Issues within the joint tend to result in pain presenting on the inside of your hip or groin, whereas pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by issues with inactive/ overactive muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues surrounding the hip joint.

Hip pain can often be caused by conditions and injuries in other areas of your body, such as your low back. This is called referred pain.


At our Chiropractic clinic in Edinburgh, your chiropractor will look closely at your specific presentation to determine the cause.


The cartilage surrounding the hip joints can suffer from wear and tear either over time or with overuse and repetitive strains. This degeneration of cartilage around the joints is commonly known as osteoarthritis. Many times, osteoarthritis will develop with normal wear and tear, and so is often associated with aging. However, it is possible for younger individuals to develop osteoarthritis as well either due to an overuse or a condition or disease element.

transient osteoarthritis

Pregnant women and middle-aged men can each suffer from transient osteoarthritis. This is a painful condition, but is fully reversible with specialised treatment.


The fluid sacs found in your joints, including the hips are called bursa. These sacs are designed to cushion your joints and reduce the friction associated with movement. However, these sacs can become inflamed leading to painful symptoms each time the joint is used.

Diagram showing hip joint
muscle strain

There are many muscles that support the hips making it possible for them to function properly. If one or more of these muscles becomes strained or injured, it can lead to painful symptoms.


Overuse is most common in anyone who performs repetitive motions usually on a daily basis, maybe due to a particular job.

Chiropractic care at our clinic in Edinburgh can increase mobility and lessen pain. Treatment can be quite effective for many conditions. Chiropractic can illuminate the need to undergo micro discectomy surgery and can be helpful prior to and post hip and knee surgery to aid mobility and strengthen the supporting muscles effectively increasing mobility and reducing pain.

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