Alexander E Weber, MD
Orthopaedic surgeon & sports Medicine specialist

Hip Pain: Understanding, Managing, and Preventing Discomfort

Sep 21, 2023
In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of hip pain, covering its causes, symptoms, and strategies for prevention and relief.

Common Causes of Hip Pain

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other types of arthritis can lead to hip pain due to joint inflammation and cartilage degeneration. 
  • Overuse and Strain: Activities like running, dancing, or lifting heavy objects can strain the hip muscles, tendons, and ligaments, causing pain.
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the hip joint, can result in hip pain.
  • Injuries: Trauma, such as falls, accidents, or sports-related injuries, can damage the hip joint or surrounding structures, leading to pain.

Symptoms of Hip Pain

  • Hip pain can manifest in various ways, including:
    • Dull, aching discomfort in the hip joint or groin area.
    • Sharp, shooting pain during movement or weight-bearing activities. 
    • Stiffness and reduced range of motion in the hip.
    • Radiating pain down the thigh or to the buttocks.

Managing and Preventing Hip Pain

  • Rest: If you're experiencing hip pain due to overuse or strain, allow your hip joint time to rest and recover. Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain. 
  • Physical Therapy: A physical therapist can develop an exercise program tailored to your specific condition, helping improve hip strength, flexibility, and mobility.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can provide temporary relief from hip pain. Consult a healthcare professional for proper guidance.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Maintain a healthy weight to reduce excess stress on the hip joint. Ensure proper ergonomics at work and during daily activities to prevent strain.
  • RICE Protocol: In case of acute injuries, use the Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) protocol to minimize swelling and pain.
  • Surgical Intervention: In severe cases, hip pain may require surgical procedures like hip replacement or arthroscopy. Consult an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and recommendations.


Hip pain is a widespread issue that can impact your daily life and overall well-being. By understanding its causes, recognizing symptoms, and adopting strategies for prevention and management, you can take proactive steps towards a healthier, pain-free hip. Remember that persistent or severe hip pain should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.

Dr. Weber and his team several patients with hip pain in Los Angeles, CA. We provide personalized treatment for all hip injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players to weekend skiers. If you are a patient with a hip injury or are experiencing hip pain in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.