Possible causes of hip pain include arthritis, bursitis, hip fractures, pinched nerves, sprains and strains, according to Mayo Clinic. Cancer can cause hip pain when it spreads to the bones.
Hip pain may be felt in the inside or outside of the joint or in the buttocks, thigh or groin, according to WebMD. If hip pain is caused by arthritis, the pain usually increases with activity. Doctors may treat arthritic hip pain with a combination of over-the-counter pain relievers and physical therapy. If the pain becomes intense or is resistant to conservative treatment, doctors may recommend total hip replacement surgery.