5ced2aa3b8f21da56417d06532522b463e81a8f4_fotolia_77667662_subscription_monthly_mStudies show women experience hip pain more often than men, but what’s causing that pain and how should you address it?

The first step to diagnosing hip pain is to identify the region where the pain stems from, according to Stephanie E. Siegrist, MD an orthopedic surgeon in Rochester, N.Y. and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. If pain is felt on the outside of the hip directly over where the hip joint is located or in the groin area it is most likely a hip injury. In some cases what might seem like hip pain is actually lower back pain, says Siegrist.

The most common causes of hip pain in women include:


The number one cause of chronic hip pain in women is arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis. According to Siegrist, “The ball-and-socket joint starts to wear out.” Arthritis pain is typically felt in the front of your thigh or in the groin, caused by stiffness or swelling in the joint.

Hip Fractures

Unfortunately hip fractures are common in older women, especially those suffering from a decrease in bone density. Those with hip fractures will feel pain when straightening, lifting, or standing on their leg. Another test doctor’s use to diagnose hip fractures is to check the direction of the toes. If they turn outward on the injured side of the body the patient may have a fracture.

Tendinitis & Bursitis

A tendon is a tough and flexible band of fibrous tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. Your tendons help you walk, lift and jump. Sometimes tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of moving your muscles causes inflammation and irritation. Movement then becomes painful, which is called tendinitis. Iliotibial band syndrome is a common cause of hip pain in runners. The iliotibial band runs from your outer pelvis to the outside of your knee.

Bursitis is another common cause of hip pain. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs which cushion the space between our hip bones and the surface. Sometimes these fluid-filled sacs become inflamed from irritation and cause pain when you move.

A hernia or gynecological or back issues may also cause a hip fracture in women. If you are experiencing hip pain contact us at Dayton Dandes Medical today. Our trained medical professionals are here to help identify and address your pain issues.

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