Hip and Pelvic Pain Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

If you’re in need of hip pain treatment or pelvic pain treatment, you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for hip and pelvic pain.

Happy couple after receiving treatment for hip and pelvic pain

Common Hip Pain Symptoms

Hip pain may occur on the outside of your hip, the inside of your hip joint, near your groin, or in your thigh or buttock, depending on what’s causing your symptoms. Specific information about your pain can help doctors create a more effective hip pain treatment plan.

  • How does it feel?

Patients may experience pain that feels sharp and sudden, or pain that feels achy, dull, and constant. Some patients report a burning pain on their hip that becomes intense when pressed or touched.

  • When did it start?

If your pain started with an injury or specific activity, this event can provide important clues.

  • What makes it worse?

Some patients report pain worsens when they try to bear weight in their hip and pelvic joints. Others feel pain when they try to move after long periods of rest or during strenuous physical activities.

  • Do you have other symptoms?

Many patients say their hip joint feels stiff or swollen in addition to being painful. They also notice a decreased range of motion, or the sensation that the hip is locking or catching when they move.

  • How long does it last?

Pain that is treated easily with ice or heat and over-the-counter medication may not require medical attention. If the pain lasts for several days, or if it’s keeping you up at night, it’s time to talk to a doctor.

Causes of Hip Pain

Treatment for hip pain depends on uncovering the source of the pain. Some common hip pain causes include:

  • Bursitis

Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs surrounding the hip joint can lead to burning pain or soreness.

  • Tendinitis

Sore tendons in the hips or hamstrings can cause hip pain. Patients with hip joint tendinitis often feel dull, achy pelvic pain, and patients with hamstring tendinitis report soreness in the buttock.

  • Arthritis

Osteoarthritis results from damage to the cartilage around your hip joints. If you notice pain, redness, warmth, and swelling in the hip joint, it could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Injury

Ninety-five percent of hip fractures, according to the CDC, are caused by falling. Some patients experience labral tears, which are injuries to the ring of cartilage surrounding the hip joints.

Certain hip pain symptoms warrant immediate medical attention. See a doctor as soon as possible if:

  • You experience sudden hip pain and swelling after a fall, particularly if you have osteoporosis.
  • Your hip looks visibly deformed.
  • Your hip joint made a noticeable popping sound when the pain started.
  • Your hip is so painful that you can’t bear any weight on the joint.

Our Hip Pain Treatment Options

To treat hip pain and to provide chronic pelvic pain treatment, our pain specialists may perform physical examinations, imaging studies, and other diagnostic procedures. We work to find the root cause of your pain and put together hip pain treatments that address the actual problem.

Physical Therapy

Working with a physical therapist for hip pain treatment and pelvic pain treatment can ease pain, improve your range of motion, and help reduce stiffness and swelling.d.


A supervised medication regimen can help with chronic hip and pelvic pain. Our specialists will recommend medications that treat symptoms with minimal side effects.

Interventional Treatments

When pain medication and physical therapy don’t prove effective, many patients respond to injections and other interventional treatments.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Sometimes surgery is the best option for fast, effective pain relief. Our pain specialists utilize the latest surgical techniques to treat pain at its source.

Talk to a Hip & Pelvic Pain Specialist

No matter what’s causing you to seek hip pain treatment, the experienced pain specialists at the Heilman Center can help. You’ll receive the highest standard of care in a carefully designed, state-of-the-art hospital setting.

Our nursing staff, physician assistants, and pain specialists take time to listen carefully to patients. We work hard to provide treatments that work based on experience, continuous study, and research.

Call the Heilman Center at 808-303-4231 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced hip pain specialists. Return to living pain-free.