Hip pain


Rest, but avoid prolonged sitting. Ice packs can help with swelling, while a warm shower or bath may help relax muscles. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help, too.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Severe pain or sudden swelling
  • Unable to move leg or hip
  • Can't bear weight on leg

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • No improvement with self-care steps
  • Limits ability to work, walk, or do daily tasks
  • Pain persists or worsens
  • Focused on a specific area at the hip joint

Last Updated May 25, 2018

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