causes of hip pain

Hip pain can be both debilitating and frustrating, with pain that is either constant or sporadic. Pain may not even be felt exclusively in the hip – pain may also be felt radiating from the thigh or even the groin area. The hip is one of the most important joints in the body and there are a few causes of hip pain. If you’ve been living with any level of hip pain for any length of time, it’s likely time to see a NY hip specialist!

If you’re suffering from hip pain, then it’s important to know some of the common hip problems that cause hip pain. While we recommend making an appointment with us at OrthoManhattan to see a top NY hip specialist, we also want to keep you informed by sharing 3 hip conditions that may be causing your hip pain.

Hip Strains

A hip strain can limit your ability to move your hip. These most often occur during sporting activities but can also occur during everyday activities. These strains happen when the muscles supporting the hip joint are torn or stretched beyond their limits. Severe hip strains often need surgical treatment that involves reattaching a torn tendon back to the bone. 

Femoroacetabular Impingement

Femoroacetabular impingement is a condition you may not be familiar with. Femoroacetabular impingement is a condition where an extra bone grows along the bones that form the hip joint. This extra bone causes an irregular shape in which they do not fit together. The bones then rub against each other creating friction that leads to pain and damage to the joint. 


Arthritis leads to inflammation in the hip joint and is the most common cause of the breakdown of cartilage that cushions your hip bones. Three types of arthritis commonly cause hip pain – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Traumatic Arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage cushioning the bones of the hip to wear away. This lets the bones rub together, causing hip pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which your synovial membrane becomes irritated, causing it to produce too much fluid which in turn damages your cartilage, causing pain and stiffness in your hip. With age, your bones can become weaker, making it more likely for a fall to cause a hip fracture. Traumatic Arthritis is usually the result of an injury or fracture. 

These are just a few causes of hip pain, at OrthoManhattan we treat a variety of hip injuries and conditions. If you’ve recently suffered a hip injury or have been living with hip pain, make an appointment with a New York hip doctor at OrthoManhattan. Give us a call or submit a contact form in the top right corner of this page.