Identifying the cause of pain in the hip and groin area can be difficult.
There are many structures in the area and it is common for more than one structure to give pain at the same time.
Some are musculoskeletal (MSK) in origin e.g. hip joint, muscles and spine. However pain may also be referred from other structures in the region such as the ovaries or kidneys.
The MSK structures will normally give pain on movement while the non-MSK structures will tend to have other non-movement related symptoms such as abdominal pain, temperature and so on. If the pain is constant or you have any doubt, speak to your GP.
Hip pain often gets better on its own. It can be self-managed by
- Relative rest, avoiding the cause while staying as active as possible
- Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
- Exercise, maintaining strength and active range of movement is important. Visit the Arthritis UK website for more information