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Your Pain in One Hip May Also be Known as:
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Top 8 Pain in One Hip Causes

  1. 1.Hip Pain of Unspecified Cause

    The hip is a really complex joint, and there are a number of things that can cause pain. However, because of how complicated it is, it's often not possible to figure out what is causing the pain.

    You can rest at home, keeping weight off of your affected leg. If things do not improve, go see your doctor. If things get worse, like you develop a fever, the hip pain worsens, or other symptoms crop up, go to the doctor immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one hip
    Symptoms that always occur with hip pain of unspecified cause:
    pain in one hip
    Symptoms that never occur with hip pain of unspecified cause:
    fever, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Hip Strain

    A strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle is stretched or torn. A hip strain is a result of a pulled hip muscle.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. A muscle strain can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and pain medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one hip, moderate hip pain, mild hip pain, difficulty moving the hip, swelling of one hip
    Symptoms that always occur with hip strain:
    pain in one hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Paget Disease of the Bone

    Paget's disease of the bone is a disorder in which the bone recycling process goes astray. While many people with the disease have no symptoms, some suffer from bone pain and easily broken bones.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will confirm the diagnosis with a blood test and bone scans.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, pelvis pain, back pain, spontaneous bone pain, ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that always occur with paget disease of the bone:
    spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Hip Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the hip are common, given the location on the body.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation (put your feet up to help blood flow back to the heart using gravity).

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    constant hip pain, pain in one hip, hip injury, hip pain from an injury, swelling of one hip
    Symptoms that always occur with hip bruise:
    hip injury, hip pain from an injury, constant hip pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options. Generally, this condition is treated with rest, physical therapy, pain medication, and occasionally corticosteroid injections.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, pain in one thigh, pain in one hip, pain in the outside of the hip, thigh 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
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Septic Arthritis

    Septic arthritis is an intensely painful joint infection.

    You should go to the ER immediately. Treatment entails draining the infected area and providing antibiotics to fight the infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, joint pain, knee pain, pain in one knee
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Pressure Ulcer

    Pressure Ulcer, or bed sores, are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where the bones come close to the skin, such as the ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips.

    A pressure ulcer can be diagnosed by having doctors just look at it; no further testing is needed. Treatment involves cleaning the wound and dressing it properly.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, painful rash, loss of appetite, butt pain, sunken area of the rash has broken the skin
    Symptoms that always occur with pressure ulcer:
    sunken area of the rash has broken the skin, rash resembling a pressure ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Synovial Chondromatosis

    Synovial chondromatosis is a disease affecting the synovium, which is a thin flexible membrane around a joint. It can often be confused with tendinitis and/or arthritis.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss the possibility of removing the synovium.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint swelling, pain in one knee, swollen knee, swollen ankle, spontaneous knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with synovial chondromatosis:
    joint swelling
    Symptoms that never occur with synovial chondromatosis:
    fever, night sweats, unintentional weight loss, warm red ankle swelling, warm red knee swelling, warm and red elbow swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in One Hip

  • Q.Is your hip pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your hip pain been going on?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.How would you explain why your hip hurts?

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Pain in One Hip Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in one hip have also experienced:

    • 8% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 2% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in one hip had symptoms persist for:

    • 47% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Week
    • 15% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in one hip were most often matched with:

    • 33% Hip Strain
    • 20% Hip Pain of Unspecified Cause
    • 14% Paget Disease of the Bone
  • 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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