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Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • Hip pain gets worse when I try to sleep

  • Crotch (hip joint) hurts

  • Sleeping makes my hip ache worse

  • Hip hurts when I go for a walk

  • Walking causes my hip to hurt

  • Pain in the hip joint

  • Hip hurts when I try to sleep

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About the Symptom

Pain in the hip can be on either or both sides, or deep within the joint. The pain may be pressing, sharp or dull in nature.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Recent weight loss

  • Recent fall

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Low back pain

  • Back pain

  • Impossible to walk normally

Possible Causes

Generally, Hip pain can be related to:

  • Femoral Head Necrosis

    A condition where the top of the hip bone is damaged and dies due to poor blood supply. It can be caused by direct injury to the bone (e.g., a fracture or dislocation) or indirect injury (e.g., alcohol, smoking, medications, or radiotherapy).

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    Polymyalgia rheumatica is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of unknown cause. It typically affects women more than men over the age of 50. Classic symptoms include pain in the neck, shoulders, hips, upper arms and thighs.

  • Osteonecrosis

    A condition where bone loses its blood supply and dies. It can be caused by direct injury to the bone (e.g., a fracture or dislocation) or indirect injury (e.g., alcohol, smoking, diseases, medications, or radiotherapy).

  • Lumbar Vertebrae Disk Herniation
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Spinal Canal Stenosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Neuropathic Pain

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Hip pain may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Femoral Neck Fracture

    A break in the proximal femur at the level of the hip. This fracture is associated with a high risk of complications

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do your hips hurt?

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References

  • Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 30(23):p 1123-1130, December 1, 2022. | DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-22-00528

Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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