Five Reasons You May Have Hip Joint Pain When Walking (and What to Do About It)

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Why is My Hip Hurting When I Walk?

It’s not uncommon for your hips to become sore after a long day of physical activity or even from sitting at a desk for too long. This kind of pain is temporary and usually goes away after a day or two of rest. However, some hip pain is more serious.

If you frequently experience hip joint pain when walking, you should learn more about its potential causes. Knowing what causes pain in the hips when walking can help you better understand why you may need treatment from a health care professional.

Five causes of hip joint pain when walking

  1. Strains and sprains — Many muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your legs and lower back are connected to the hips. An overstretched or torn muscle or tendon is known as a strain. When the same happens to a ligament, it’s known as a sprain. In either case, if you have a strain or a sprain in the soft tissue around your hips, your hips may hurt when walking.
  2. Bursitis — Bursitis is an inflammation that affects the bursae in your joints, which includes your hip joints. Bursae are small sacs of fluid that help keep the tendons from rubbing against the bones. Overexertion of the hips can cause them to become inflamed, which is painful when walking.
  3. Tendinitis — Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons. It can affect any tendon in your body that is subject to overexertion or frequent use in physical activities. When tendinitis affects your hips, you may have increased hip pain when walking.
  4. Torn labrum — The labrum is a ring of tough tissue that surrounds the socket of your joint to help hold in the ball of the joint. Overexertion, a direct impact or a dislocation of the joint can cause the labrum to tear, which causes pain and stiffness.
  5. Arthritis — Arthritis causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. This condition can affect your hips, which leaves the joints unprotected from friction. When this happens, it can be painful to move your hips.

Treating hip joint pain at the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute

Are you tired of having hip muscle pain when walking? Our orthopedic specialists at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute can help. We specialize in a variety of treatments for hip pain, including orthopedic surgery, interventional care, and chiropractic care. Our team can examine the condition of your hips and determine which treatment is right for you.

Call Irise Spine And Joint at  or Contact us online for more information about hip pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.