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4 Potential Hip Pain From Overuse Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Snapping Hip Syndrome

    Snapping hip syndrome is an audible snap in a hip during movement, which may be accompanied by pain, locking, or a sharp stabbing sensation. This often happens in athletes, especially soccer players, weight-lifters, runners, and ballet dancers.

    Months to years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, snapping or clicking sensation of the hip, hip pain from overuse, popping hip, clicking sensation in the hip
    Symptoms that always occur with snapping hip syndrome:
    snapping or clicking sensation of the hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Iliopsoas Bursitis

    Bursae are small fluid-filled sacks located around the body in strategic locations to provide a cushion and help reduce friction. Iliopsoas bursitis, or hip bursitis, is an inflammation of the hip bursa, causing pain at the point of the hip. The pain may extend to the outside of the thigh area.

    Problem should resolve within weeks to months.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thigh pain, groin pain, limping, snapping or clicking sensation of the hip, pain in the front of the hip
    Symptoms that never occur with iliopsoas bursitis:
    fever, back pain, butt pain from an injury, pain in both hips, unmovable hip lump, hard hip lump, back pain that shoots down the leg
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a common cause of hip pain caused by damage to the tendons and/or bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater trochanter.

    Weeks to years

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, pain in the outside of the hip, moderate hip pain, groin pain, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with greater trochanteric pain syndrome:
    pain in the outside of the hip
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Thigh Nerve Issue (Meralgia Paresthetica)

    Meralgia paresthetica is a nerve condition that causes an area of skin over the upper outer thigh to feel numb, tingly, or painful. This is caused by compression of a nerve known as the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh as it passes underneath a tough fibrous ligament known as the inguinal ligament.

    Pain and pins-and-needles feeling resolves with time. Sometimes numbness and altered sensation remains for life.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the outside of the hip, pain in one thigh, thigh numbness, tingling upper leg, hip numbness
    Symptoms that never occur with thigh nerve issue (meralgia paresthetica):
    new headache, swollen hip, swollen hips, swelling of one hip, leg swelling, weakness of both legs, leg weakness, leaking urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hip Pain From Overuse

  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Do you feel a snapping or clicking sensation in your hip?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?

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Hip Pain From Overuse Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hip pain from overuse have also experienced:

    • 12% Hip Pain
    • 9% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Difficulty Walking
  • People who have experienced hip pain from overuse had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 20% Less Than a Week
    • 15% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced hip pain from overuse were most often matched with:

    • 12% Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
    • 8% Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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