When you feel hip pain, it can be hard to know whether or not you should see a doctor.

This video will help you understand what signs to look for that indicate whether or not your hip injury is serious.

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Hip pain can be caused by a variety of injuries and conditions, including arthritis, muscle strain, labral tear, tendinitis or bursitis, fractures and stress fractures. Here are a few signs and symptoms to look out for that could indicate a more serious condition or injury.

Inability to bear weight

If you suffer a traumatic event, such as a fall or motor vehicle accident, and you cannot bear any weight at all without excruciating pain, or you can even support your weight, it could be a sign of a fracture of one of the bones in your hip. Often a fracture in this area requires surgery.

Pain with weight bearing like running or walking

Pain in the groin with running, and eventually with walking, could be a sign of a developing femoral neck stress fracture, especially in a female. Those can be dangerous injuries that don’t heal and progress to complete fractures or disruptions of the blood supply to the femoral head (the ball of the ball-and-socket joint). Surgery is required to treat certain femoral neck stress fractures.

Pain in the groin

Pain in the groin or upper thigh that gradually gets worse over time can be a sign of osteoarthritis or some other type of arthritis within the hip joint.

Pain that radiates down one leg, numbness, tingling or weakness in the leg

Buttock pain, especially when it exists with pain that radiates down one leg, numbness, tingling or weakness in the leg, often originates in the lumbar spine. They could be signs and symptoms of a herniated disc. Often a spine specialist or surgeon treats these conditions with epidural steroid injections or surgery if rest, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory medications are not sufficient.

If you have any of those signs or symptoms, it can be a good idea to see an orthopedic surgeon or hip or spine specialist depending on the nature of your symptoms in order to learn the exact nature and severity of your injury and start treatment to get back to normal.

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