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Hip pain in adults

Most cases of hip pain in adults that are treated with surgery are caused by osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the UK.

This page aims to give you a better idea of whether osteoarthritis or something more unusual is causing your hip pain, and what you can do about it.

But do not try to diagnose the cause of your hip pain yourself. This should always be a matter for your doctor.

Find out more about hip pain in children


The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary greatly from person to person, but if it affects the hip, it'll typically cause:

This can lead to pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities.

There's no cure for osteoarthritis, but the symptoms can be eased using a number of different treatments. Surgery is not usually needed.

Find out more about treating osteoarthritis

Less common causes

Less commonly, hip pain may be caused by:

When to get medical advice

Hip pain often gets better on its own and can be managed with rest and painkillers you can buy from a pharmacy, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen

But see a GP if:

Your GP may ask you the following questions:

Go straight to hospital if:

Managing hip pain at home

If you do not need to see a doctor straight away, consider managing and monitoring the problem at home.

You may find it helpful to:


If your hip pain is related to exercising or other types of regular activity: