4ad36bbd-a000-45e2-9748-353f7cbc058fHip-related pain is not always felt directly over the hip. Instead, you may feel it in the middle of your thigh or in your groin. Similarly, pain you feel in the hip may actually reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself.

Possible causes of hip pain include:

•Arthritis — often felt in the front part of your thigh or in your groin
•Trochanteric bursitis — hurts when you get up from a chair, walk, climb stairs, and drive
•Tendinitis from repetitive or strenuous activity
•Strain or sprain
•Low-back pain such as sciatica
•Infection

**A hip fracture is considered a medical emergency. Therefore, if suspected, you should see a doctor right away.

As the pain improves, gradually begin to exercise. It is best to work with a physical therapist to learn proper exercises and how to advance your activity. Swimming may be a good option because it stretches the muscles and builds good muscle tone without straining your hip joint. However, swimming does not build bone mass. When you are ready, slowly and carefully resume walking or another activity against the resistance of gravity.