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Exploring the Top 6 Areas Where Hip Pain Can Be Felt

Exploring the Top 6 Areas Where Hip Pain Can Be Felt

As a hip and knee consultant and surgeon, I often encounter patients who are surprised to learn that their hip pain is not confined to the hip area alone. Hip pain is a complex issue that can radiate to various parts of the body, affecting daily activities and quality of life. Through my experience in treating hip-related conditions, I've identified six key areas where hip pain is commonly felt.

Let's delve into these areas and understand their connection to hip pain 👇

1. Side/Lower Back:

The intricate relationship between the hip joints and the lower spine often leads to radiating pain in the side and lower back. Conditions like hip osteoarthritis or trochanteric bursitis can cause this radiating pain. It's crucial to address these conditions early, as prolonged pain can lead to compensatory posture changes, exacerbating back issues.

2. Buttocks:

Hip disorders, particularly those affecting the sciatic nerve, can cause pain in the buttocks. This is a classic sign of sciatica, a condition I frequently see in patients with hip joint problems. Effective treatment often involves a combination of physical therapy and targeted exercises to relieve nerve compression though every patient's diagnosis and journey is different.

3. Thighs:

Pain in the thighs, especially in the upper and outer regions, is often a direct referral from the hip. This type of pain can be indicative of conditions like hip flexor strain or iliotibial band syndrome. It's important not to overlook thigh pain as merely muscular, as it could be a sign of underlying hip issues.

4. Knees:

In my practice, I've observed that knee pain is often misdiagnosed when in reality, it originates from the hip. This referred pain is a result of shared nerve pathways. Conditions such as hip arthritis can present as knee pain, making accurate diagnosis essential for effective treatment.

5. Shin:

Although less common, shin pain can also stem from hip conditions. This usually occurs due to nerve compression or muscular imbalances caused by the primary hip issue. Recognising this connection is key to treating the root cause rather than just the symptoms.

6. Feet:

Rarely, hip disorders can lead to pain in the feet. This is often a secondary effect, resulting from alterations in gait or posture due to hip pain. Addressing the hip problem can often alleviate this secondary foot pain.


In my years of experience as a hip and knee surgeon, I've learned that hip pain is more than just localised discomfort; it can have far-reaching effects on various parts of the body. Understanding the potential areas affected by hip pain is crucial for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

If you're experiencing ongoing pain in any of these areas, a thorough evaluation by a hip specialist is advisable to determine the appropriate course of action.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with my friendly and knowledgeable team to make an appointment to see me for an initial consultation at one of my private hip clinics in Bournemouth, Poole, or Dorchester.

Hip Surgeon Dorset


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