Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
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About Hip Conditions

Hip conditions cause pain, stiffness, immobility, and dysfunction. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, the board-certified orthopaedic specialists diagnose hip conditions and help you with viable treatments that can relieve symptoms and help you reclaim your quality of life. If you’re suffering from hip pain, make an appointment at the Hamilton, Lawrenceville, and Princeton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania office. Call the nearest office or book online today

Hip Conditions Q & A

What hip conditions cause pain?

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that gives you a wide range of motion. This large joint bears weight and gives you the mobility to move fluidly when you walk, jump, stretch, and run.  

A wide variety of injuries or degeneration of the joint’s structures can cause hip pain. Hip conditions affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.

When should I see a doctor for a hip condition?

Suspect that you have a hip condition that requires medical help if you notice: 

  • Limping
  • Groin pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling, heat, or tenderness at the joint
  • Pain during certain activities
  • Trouble sleeping

The symptoms of some hip conditions may show up only during certain activities. Ignoring hip pain and dysfunction can throw off your gait and lead to compensatory pain in other areas of your body. 

What are common hip conditions?

Some of the most common hip conditions treated at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) include:


Arthritis affects joints. The cushioning cartilage breaks down, causing bone to rub against bone. The result is stiffness, pain, and dysfunction. Many types of arthritis affect the hip, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.


Sacs of liquid, called bursae, sit between tissues like bone and tendons. They are present in your joints. When they get inflamed, you have pain and irritation.

Labral tear

A ring of cartilage that surrounds the outside rim of your hip socket is called the labrum. It cushions your hip joint and helps stabilize the ball at the top of your thighbone securely within your hip socket. Damage or a tear to the labrum causes pain and dysfunction.

Tendinitis and muscle sprains or strains

Tendinitis describes irritation of the tissue bands that attach bones to muscles. Repetitive movements usually cause it. Repeated activity can also strain your hip muscles and cause inflammation and pain. Tightness also contributes to pain in the hip. 

How do you treat hip conditions?

The doctors at MBO treat hip pain conservatively with anti-inflammatory medications, ice, rest, and physical therapy. Prescription medications and movement modifications may also be offered as a solution.

If these measures don’t help, corticosteroid injections at the joint can help reduce inflammation. 

When none of these interventions help, the doctors may recommend surgery. Surgeries include hip preservation procedures, hip arthroscopy, or hip replacement surgery. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with a hip condition, visit Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics for treatment. Call one of the offices today, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.