Most cases of hip pain in adults are caused by osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
This page aims to give you a better idea of whether osteoarthritis or something more unusual is causing your hip pain, and what you can do about it.
However, don’t try to diagnose the cause of your hip pain yourself – this should always be a matter for your doctor or Camden MSK specialist.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint pain and stiffness. Some people also experience swelling, tenderness and a grating or crackling sound when moving the affected joints.
The severity of osteoarthritis symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and between different affected joints.
For some people, the symptoms can be mild and may come and go. Other people can experience more continuous and severe problems which make it difficult to carry out everyday activities.
Almost any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the condition most often causes problems in the knees, hips and small joints of the hands.
You should see your GP or self-refer to physiotherapy if you have persistent symptoms of osteoarthritis so they can confirm the diagnosis and prescribe any necessary treatment.
Read more about the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Causes of hip pain
Living with Pain
Should you wish to speak to your GP first, simply make an appointment with your local practice. If your GP refers you, one of our patient care advisers will contact you within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.