Other Causes of Hip Pain

There are many reasons a person can experience hip pain. Overuse injuries can cause muscles, tendons, and ligaments to become inflamed. It can also be a sign of other conditions and should be evaluated by an Oakland Regional Hospital physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.


Hip pain may be caused by many illnesses. An illness that causes systemic inflammation in the body can affect the hip joint. The synovium is lining tissue lining that covers parts of the hip joint not covered by cartilage. Synovitis, or inflammation of this lining tissue, causes fluid to leak into the joint, resulting in swelling and pain.


Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of hip pain in those over the age of 50; however, other types of arthritis can also affect the hip. Hip replacement is an option for patients with arthritis damage in the hip.

Avascular Necrosis

In this condition, the femoral head loses its blood supply, becomes weakened, and causes hip pain. Avascular necrosis in the hip affects the head of the femur (thigh bone). It can occur in people who have taken corticosteroid medications like prednisone for a prolonged period of time, and sometimes in those who have had a hip dislocation.


Fibromyalgia is a systemic pain syndrome associated with pain and stiffness that can cause significant discomfort throughout the body. It may present as hip pain. Associated symptoms include sleep disorders, muscle cramps and spasms, tenderness of a variety of muscle groups in the whole body, and fatigue.

The orthopaedic surgeons at Oakland Regional Hospital perform joint replacement and treat many hip injuries and conditions. If you are experiencing hip pain, discomfort, or a decrease in function or range of motion, click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at (248) 423-8484.