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The hip is a weight bearing, ball and socket joint that connects the legs to the abdomen.  It has a wide range of motion and is surrounded by  large muscles that power movement of the legs.

Disorders of the hip can involve the cartilage (arthritis), the bones (fracture, osteoporosis, avascular necrosis, femoroacetabular impingement, stress fracture), the soft tissues (labral tears, trochanteric bursitis, abductor tendon tears, adhesive capsulitis).  Pain originating in the hip joint is often felt in the groin while pain on the side of the hip is most commonly caused by bursitis. Pain in the buttock may represent a referred pain from the lumbar spine from conditions such as sciatica and spinal stenosis.

A detailed history of the onset, quality and duration of the pain as well as a physical exam and imaging studies can typically differentiate the cause of the pain.

Read more about these hip conditions and treatments:

Hip Arthritis

Avascular Necrosis (AVN)

Hip Fracture

Labral Tear

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

Piriformis Syndrome

Trochanteric (Hip) Bursitis

Hip Arthroscopy

Direct Anterior Approach

Hip Replacement and Fracture Surgeons:
Peter Dirksmeier, MD
Joseph Konopka, MD

Hip Arthroscopy and Trauma Surgeon:
Charles Blitzer, MD