Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Hip Tenderness Overview

What is hip tenderness?
A person with hip tenderness has pain in the hip joint when pressure is applied to the skin overlying the hip joint. Hip tenderness may be caused by injury, inflammation or infection. Common causes include arthritis, hip bursitis, hip synovitis, hip strain, and hip injury.

What are the symptoms of hip tenderness?
Hip tenderness is often accompanied by hip stiffness and hip pain that worsens with movement. Symptoms that occur with hip tenderness may include hip swelling, hip bruising, hip pain, and hip stiffness. Additional symptoms that may occur with severe hip tenderness include severe hip pain, fever, difficulty walking, limping, and warmth or redness to the skin overlying the hip joint.

How does the doctor treat hip tenderness?
Treatment depends on the underlying cause for the hip tenderness. Treatment for hip tenderness may include rest, leg elevation, cold compresses, crutches, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for hip tenderness may also include physical therapy, antibiotics, warm compresses, and corticosteroids. In severe cases, surgery may be required to replace the hip joint.

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