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Hip Pain

What Is Hip Pain?

Like all your joints, the hip receives its fair share of use and abuse, so it isn't any wonder that things go wrong.

Even though athletes commonly complain of hip pain, you don't have to be a gymnast, dancer, or even a runner to feel an occasional ache.


Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting 8.5 million people in the UK. It develops gradually over time, causing joints to become stiff and painful.

With osteoarthritis of the hip you're likely to have pain mainly in the front of your groin, but sometimes around the side and front of your thigh, buttock or down to your knee.

Trochantric bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is a pain on the outside of your hip, made worse by:


  • Walking, climbing stairs

  • Sleeping on the affected side

  • Sporting activities, especially running

Clicking/Snapping Hip

It may be made worse by:

  • Flexing your hip

  • Rotating your hip

  • Sporting activities

Labral Tear

The labrum is a type of cartilage that surrounds the socket of ball-and-socket joints.


The labrum forms a ring around the edge of the bony socket of the joint. It helps to provide stability to the joint by deepening the socket, yet unlike bone, it also allows flexibility and motion.

A degenerative tear is a chronic injury that occurs as a result of repetitive use and activity. Degenerative labral tears can be seen in the early stages of hip arthritis.

A traumatic hip labral tear is usually an acute injury as a result of a sports injury, fall, or accident. Hip labral tears are commonly associated with sudden, twisting movements that cause immediate pain in the hip.

Oxford osteopaths have many years of successfully treating a wide range of hip problems and will always refer you on when more specialist assessments such as imaging are required.