Exercise is a very important part of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Hips are required for most exercises or day-to-day activities like sitting, walking, running, and dancing. As a part of your lower extremities, you’re his are involved in bearing the weight of your body. While exercise is important, overuse of the hips or injury or damage to the joints can cause severe pain and lead to a decrease in overall mobility. At Elmhurst Orthopaedics, our board-certified orthopaedic physicians and pain specialists will help you with your hip pain by developing a comprehensive personalized treatment plan that is aimed at decreasing your pain, repairing or restoring your hip joint and its functionality, and getting you back to doing the things you love to do.

How the Hip Works

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that helps you move your legs during everyday activities such as walking and going up and down stairs. It has a good range of movement but it’s very stable and rarely dislocates, even after high-impact trauma.

The hip joint and its integration with your pelvis, SIJ and lumbar spine (lower back). The ball of the joint, which is at the top of the bone in your upper leg (the femur), is called the femoral head, and the socket created by the hollow of your pelvis is called the acetabulum.

The joint is surrounded by a tough, fibrous sleeve called the capsule, which helps to hold the bones together. The capsule is lined by the synovium, which produces a fluid (synovial fluid) that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joint to help eliminate friction The hip joint is moved by a number of muscles that allow you to rotate your hip and walk.  However, when this cartilage and synovial membrane wears down or becomes damaged, you can experience pain in your hip.

The Sporting Hip

Younger sports-related hip issues may come on after prolonged running, jumping or landing activities. Specific sporting hip conditions should be discussed and thoroughly assessed by your hip physiotherapist. Biomechanical deficits and subtle hip weakness that may only show on a slow-motion video are just two of the potential causes of sporting hip injuries.

Groin Pain

You may not realise it, but groin pain is the most common symptom associated with hip joint pathologies such as hip osteoarthritis and hip labral injuries. There are also many other causes of groin pain that need to be excluded by a health professional.

Only after a thorough hip assessment will your hip pain be effectively rehabilitated to relieve your current hip pain and joint dysfunction, plus prevent the return of any future hip pain.


The Older Hip

Because your hips are weight-bearing joints, they are susceptible to damage and injury. Moreover, once the cartilage and synovial membrane in the hip joint are damaged, it can impact your weight-bearing ability.  A thorough balance assessment may be required to predict a falls risk. Falls prevention exercises may be prescribed by your physiotherapist to address any individual deficits. They may even advise you to utilise a walking assistance device such as a walking stick, crutches or a walking frame.

Common Causes of Hip Pain


Arthritis is characterized by the painful inflammation and swelling of your joints. This inflammation breaks down the cartilage in your hip joint. Pain from arthritis is one of the most common reasons that people experience hip pain.


Bursitis is characterized by the inflammation of the fluid-filled sac inside your joint, called the bursa, that protects your muscles and tendons. After repetitive or constant motion, you may begin to feel inflammation.


Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendons. Your tendons connect bones to muscles. Conservative treatment is usually effective with tendinitis.

Femoroacetabular Impingement

Femoroacetabular impingement is a condition that occurs when your hip bones are shaped abnormally. Due to the fact that they, your femur and acetabulum, do not properly fit together, the bones can end up rubbing against each other and damage your joint.


A hip fracture occurs when the upper quarter of your femur breaks. While hip fractres are generally a result of a direct impact, like a fall, they can be caused by other conditions like osteoporosis and cancer.

Hip Injuries
& Conditions:

  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Impingement
  • Avascular Necrosis

Non-Surgical Treatments
for Hip Pain:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication
  • Steroid (Cortisone) Injections
  • Physical Therapy

Surgical Treatments
for Hip Pain:

  • Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Revision

Getting Back to being Active

When persistent hip pain disrupts your quality of life, our medical team at Elmhurst Orthopaedics is here to provide you with high-quality personalized care to ensure your long-term health. Our expert orthopaedic surgeons and pain specialists will provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a personalized comprehensive treatment plan, using surgical treatment as a last-resort option.

To determine what treatment is needed for your hip, contact us at 630.834.0491 or make an appointment online with one of our board certified orthopaedic physicians.


Elmhurst Othopaedics


300 W. Butterfield Rd.
Elmhurst, IL 60126



Elmhurst Orthopaedics