The 5 most common causes of hip pain in women


Hip pain in women can result from wear and tear, overuse, and a few other causes. Here are the most common culprits.

Do you have hip pain? As with other types of chronic pain, women tend to experience them more than men. But since hip pain can have many different causes, determining the right one is key to getting the best treatment.

Diagnosis: Is it your hip?

When you tell your doctor that you have hip pain, the first thing they should do is confirm that it is your hip that is the problem. Women may say they have pain in their hip, but it could mean they have pain in the side of their thigh or buttock, or they have pain in their lower back. Hip pain is often felt in the groin or on the outside of the hip, directly above where the hip joint is (a ball and socket joint).

Top 5 causes of hip pain in women

The most common causes of hip pain in women include

1. Arthritis

Chronic hip pain in women is often due to arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, the type of wear and tear that affects many people as they age. The joint begins to wear out. Arthritis pain is often felt in the front of the thigh or in the groin, due to stiffness or swelling in the joint.

2. Hip fractures

Hip fractures are common in older women, especially those with osteoporosis (decreased bone density). Symptoms of a hip fracture include pain when straightening, lifting, or standing on your leg. Also, the toes on the injured side seem to turn over, a sign that can help your doctor make a preliminary diagnosis.

3. Tendonitis and bursitis

Many tendons around the hip connect muscles to the joint. These tendons can easily become inflamed if you overuse them or participate in strenuous activities. One of the most common causes of tendinitis in the hip joint, especially in runners, is iliotibial band syndrome – the iliotibial band is the thick band of tissue that extends from the edge outside of your pelvis to the outside of your knee.

Another common cause of hip pain in women is bursitis. Fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, cushion the bony part of the hip that is near the surface. Like tendons, these sacs can become inflamed from irritation or overuse and cause pain every time you move the hip joint.

4. Hernia in the groin area

Femoral and inguinal hernias, sometimes called sports hernias, can cause anterior (frontal) hip pain in women. Pregnant women can be susceptible to inguinal hernias due to the extra pressure on the wall of their abdomen.

5. Gynecological and back issues

Hip pain in women can have gynecological causes. It is important not to assume that the pain is caused by arthritis, bursitis or tendonitis. Depending on your age and other health conditions, hip pain may come from another system.

Endometriosis (when tissues similar to those lining the uterus grow outside the uterus) can cause pelvic tenderness, which some women describe as hip pain. Back and spinal pain can also be felt in the buttocks and hips. Sciatica, a pinched nerve, usually affects one side of the body and can cause pain in the back of the right or left hip. Sciatica pain can start in the lower back and work its way down to the buttocks and legs.

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