Hip pain can be very debilitating and is often times confusing to patients. Many times patients will actually have a sacroiliac joint problem and confuse this as being a hip problem. Hip pain and sacroiliac pain are two completely different conditions which are easily diagnosed with physical examination, plain film x-ray and MRI.
True hip problems usually are driven by degenerative (arthritic) changes to the hip joint due to the fact it is a weight bearing joint and over time suffers wear and tear. In some cases along with those degenerative changes we will see tendonitis or bursitis and accompanied decrease in range of motion.
One diagnosis to what out for is avascular necrosis of the head of the femur where blood circulation is lost and the bone begins to die. This always ends in a hip replacement and can be easily diagnosed on MRI.
The good news is that most hip pain responds very well to range of motion exercises, stretching and light joint mobilization.
Don’t procrastinate and continue to suffer. Hip problems if treated early respond very well.