The hip joint is an intricate structure that can cause different kinds of pain depending on where the damage is present. For example, pain that is felt on the inside of the hip near the groin usually indicates problems within the hip joint itself. Pain in the upper thigh and hip may be related to ligament and bone health, with the exact cause of the hip pain being more easily narrowed down when considering the patient’s overall health and lifestyle. Pain that is experienced outside the hip near the upper thigh or outer buttock may mean problems with the soft tissues and ligaments around the hip joint, commonly leading to hip bursitis if not treated. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include injuries (i.e. hip bursitis, dislocation, hernia, fracture, etc.), arthritis (i.e. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.), and pinched nerves (i.e. sciatica, sacroiliitis, ligament tear, etc.). Although less common, hip pain may also be caused by cancer or avascular necrosis.
If you are experiencing consistent pain in your hip or upper thigh, even if you have been seen by a doctor unsuccessfully, there are treatments available that can reduce pain both in the short and long term, and may help you regain a comfortable range of motion in your hips. At AFC Physical Medicine & Chiropractic Centers, our team may recommend physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and other forms of support to help minimize hip & thigh pain and maximize function.