This can be a relatively common condition in active people of all ages and can be caused by a variety of problems.
This condition can include inflamed areas on the side of the hip, soft tissue problems around or in the hip joint, bony catching (impingement) in the hip and early arthritis. Hip-related pain can be felt in a number of areas although the groin crease is the most reliable. It may also be felt in the buttock, the outer aspect of the hip or even over the front of the knee. The pain you do feel in the hip may actually be the result a problem in your back, a hernia or other diagnoses.
A good physical examination will often provide invaluable information as to the true cause of the pain. X-rays of the hip are usual but specialised investigations such as ultrasound, Computerised Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MRI) scans are often used for complex cases.
Specialised physiotherapy, painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, localised injections and modification of activity can be tried.
Depending on the cause, surgery is becoming more and more widely used. Options include hip arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), open debridement or hip replacement. The options are best discussed with Professor Fehily at the time of your consultation.