Common Conditions

There are many conditions of the hip that can develop over time. Some of the most common of which are listed below. Depending on severity, treatment for these conditions can range from physical therapy, medication and pain management, and in some cases, surgery


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, which are small fluid-filled sacs found in joints throughout the body including the hip. These sacs provide a cushion between bones and help reduce friction. When inflamed they can lead to significant pain in the affected joint. To diagnose bursitis, a doctor will perform a physical exam and may also suggest imaging studies like MRI.

Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body but often develops in weight-bearing joints like the hip. Osteoarthritis of the hip becomes more common beginning in middle age and can make everyday activities difficult due to the resulting pain and stiffness. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but patients who begin treatment early can manage the condition while staying active and healthy. This condition may progress to the point that surgery is necessary.

Snapping Hip

Snapping hip refers to a condition in which a person feels a snapping sensation when they move their hip joint, such as when walking. This occurs because a muscle or a tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to bone, moves or snaps over a bony protrusion in the hip. This is typically painless but the snapping sensation can be bothersome. In some cases bursitis can develop.

Other Common Hip Conditions

Adolescent Hip Dysplasia
Burning Thigh Pain (Meralgia paresthetica)
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Developmental Dislocation (Dysplasia) of the Hip (DDH)
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Hip Bursitis
Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Osteonecrosis of the Hip
Perthes Disease
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
Snapping Hip
Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip

Quick Fact

One of the most common injuries in sports is a stress fracture with most occurring in the weight bearing bones of the lower leg and foot.