Common Hip Conditions

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Common hip conditions

The hip is the largest weight bearing joint in the body and can be affected by a wide range of conditions that cause pain, stiffness, limping and discomfort.

Responsible for bearing your body weight and allowing a wide range of motion, the hip joint is vulnerable to forms of arthritis either through wear and tear (osteoarthritis), disease (rheumatoid arthritis) or injury, which can include fracture resulting from brittle bones (osteoporosis). 

Hip pain can also indicate inflammation of the bursa (bursitis), hip displacement (dysplasia), injury or muscle strain and soft tissue damage. Hip conditions can be diagnosed and treated through examination, imaging and surgery if necessary.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms and can occur at any age. Symptoms include inflammation, joint pain and stiffness. 

Bursitis is a common cause of hip pain that is caused by an inflammation of the bursa. This irritation is usually caused by injury or overuse.

Hip dislocation occurs when the ball of the hip joint is pushed out of the socket. This painful condition is usually as a result of a traumatic accident.

Hip fracture
Hip fractures can occur as a result of age or injury. More common in older patients, they are extremely painful and require immediate attention.

Hip injury

Hip injury is extremely common across all ages. It can be extremely painful and usually occurs as a result of an accident or sporting injury. 


Subluxation occurs when the hip joint is forced partially out of its natural position. It is a type of dislocation and usually occurs as a result of injury.

Labral tear

Labral tear is a common soft tissue injury that can disrupt the smooth function of the hip joint. It usually occurs in association with other hip conditions.


Hip dysplasia is a slight dislocation that occurs when the ball of the hip joint doesn’t fit into the socket as neatly as it should.

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