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 this, or something more unusual, may be the cause of your hip pain and what you can do about it.
However, this guide shouldn't be used as a tool to diagnose yourself – always leave that to your doctor.
For children, check information on hip pain in children.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary greatly from person to person, but if it affects the hip it will typically cause:
This can lead to pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but the symptoms can be eased with several different treatments and surgery is often not necessary.
Read more about osteoarthritis.
Less commonly, the cause of hip pain may be:
Many cases of hip pain will go away in time and can be managed with rest and over-the-counter painkillers.
However, see your doctor if:
Go straight to hospital if:
If you don't immediately need to see a doctor, consider managing and monitoring the problem at home. The following advice may be helpful:
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.