The hip is a ball-and-socket joint whereby the ball of a person’s thighbone fits into the socket of his/her pelvis. In and around the joints, there are ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and other soft tissues. Since the hip is one of the biggest joints in the body, which supports all motions and bears the entire body weight, when hip problems occur, it affects a person’s quality of life. Hip injuries are common in people of all ages. However, athletes and older people carrying extra weight are at great risk for a hip injury.
Hip pain which can spread to the knees, buttocks, and thighs is the most common sign of hip injuries. However, the signs and symptoms of hip injuries depend on the specific problem in an individual. The pain may range from mild to severe.
Other symptoms may include: