The hip joint is the second largest joint in your body. It is a durable ball and socket joint. The ball and socket are both covered by cartilage. Cartilage is a very smooth surface that lets the joint glide easily and provides some cushioning for your joint. A lifetime of normal activity can cause some wear of this cartilage. The muscles and tendons around your hip joint can become overused at times.
Hip pain is a common complaint, and can be caused by a variety of different problems and conditions.
It is important to know that hip pain can be felt in different areas around the hip joint, depending on the diagnosis or condition. Common areas of hip pain include the groin, front pocket, lateral (side of hip), thigh, and buttock.
Sometimes, pain from other areas of your body, like the spine (bulging disk) or groin (hernia) can feel like it is in your hip.
Read more about common causes of hip pain and treatment options: