What Causes Hip Pain?

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Hip pain may be caused by arthritis, injury, pinched nerves or bone cancer, explains Mayo Clinic. Other causes of hip pain include leukemia, osteoporosis, rickets and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Arthritis that causes hip pain may come in a variety of forms, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, explains Mayo Clinic. Injuries that can cause hip pain include bursitis, dislocation, fractures, labral tears and hernias. Sprains or strains are also commonly associated with hip pain. A pinched nerve can cause hip pain and may come in the form of conditions such as sciatica, spinal stenosis or herniated disks.

Bone cancer is also a possibility for someone who has hip pain, according to Mayo Clinic. Leukemia or advanced cancer may also negatively affect the hips. People who have bone conditions, such as osteoarthritis, may experience hip pain along with pain in other parts of the body. In children with a severe vitamin D or calcium deficiency, rickets could form and cause hip pain. This is a weakening or softening of the bone. Legg-Calve-Perthes is another condition that causes hip pain in children. It affects the hip where the femur and pelvis meet. Eventually, the ball of the hip joint might break, so a doctor may employ treatment to keep the joint in the socket while healing occurs.