Hip pain is a common problem for both adults and adolescents. Issues within the hip joint can lead to strain on the inside of the hip or groin. Pain on the outside of the hip, upper thigh, or outer buttock is usually an indication of problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues. Conditions affecting other areas, such as the lower back or nerves, can also cause hip pain.
One of the most common causes of hip pain is fracture. This risk increases with age as bones thin and weaken, causing osteoporosis. This condition affects mostly women, but men over 65 years are also at risk. Young, active individuals are also susceptible to stress fractures of the hip. These tiny, imperceptible cracks in the bone are caused by repeated high-impact activity. Pain from a fracture is usually felt in the anterior hip or groin.
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