Swollen Hip Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your swollen hip symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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  1. 6 Possible Swollen Hip Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

6 Possible Swollen Hip Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced swollen hip. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Hip strain

Hip strain means that a muscle and/or a tendon that supports one of the ball-and-socket joints of the hip has become overstretched or torn.

Most hip strains occur during sports or other physical work, though they can happen while doing ordinary activities. Both the pelvic bones and the femur, or thighbone, are large weight-bearing bones. The tendons, which attach muscles to these bones, can be subject to strain during hard work and are most vulnerable when the person is out of condition or did not warm up before exercising.

An acute strain happens suddenly, usually after a fall or other injury. It may be very painful and swollen, and interfere with movement. A chronic strain comes on gradually after weeks or months of overuse and may only produce some discomfort.

Once a muscle or tendon has been strained, it is vulnerable to being injured again if not treated.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and x-rays.

Treatment involves rest; ice; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling; physical therapy; and sometimes surgery.

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

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.

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

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by att...

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Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition which causes inflammation of the joints. In most circumstances, psoriatic arthritis presents between the ages of 30 and 50 years and occurs after the manifestation of the symptoms of psoriasis, which is a disease of the skin. Psoriatic arthritis...

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Septic arthritis

Septic arthritis is also called infectious arthritis. "Arthritis" simply means inflammation of a joint. In septic arthritis, the inflammation is caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. The most common is Staphylococcus aureus or staph. These agents reach the joints either from ...

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Pigmented villonodular synovitis

The synovium is a thin layer of tissue that surrounds joints, providing a small amount of fluid to lubricate the joint and aid in movement. In pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), the synovium thickens and overgrows. This mass typically only affects one joint, is not cancerous, and does not spread to other parts of the body.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: joint pain, pain in the outside of the hip, pain in one knee, groin pain, deep, throbbing hip pain

Symptoms that never occur with pigmented villonodular synovitis: knee instability

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Real-life Stories

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swollen Hip

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Is your swollen area warm and red?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Have you had night sweats?
  • Do you have difficulty moving your hip?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Swollen Hip Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced swollen hip have also experienced:

  • 16% Hip Pain
  • 6% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
  • 6% Lower Back Pain

People who have experienced swollen hip were most often matched with:

  • 42% Iliopsoas Bursitis
  • 42% Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • 14% Hip Strain

People who have experienced swollen hip had symptoms persist for:

  • 36% Over a month
  • 28% Less than a week
  • 18% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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