Clinical Pattern Recognition: Hip Pain

From Anatomy to Discovering the Patient!

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  • Hip pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common cause of hip pain in older adults. Prevalence studies have shown that the rates for adult hip OA range from 0.4% to 27%.
  • Nonarthritic hip joint pain may be related to numerous underlying causes, such as femoroacetabular impingement, structural instability, acetabular labral tears, osteochondral lesions, loose bodies, ligamentum teres injury, and septic conditions
    • Labral tears in up to 20% of athletes with groin pain

    • Cam deformities more common in men (20%) than women (5%)

    • Pincer deformities more common in women (19%) than men (15%)

    • Prevalence of dysplasia in new presenters with hip pain: 32%

    • Labral tears have been observed in up to 96% of older individuals

See more prevalence information in the Clinical Pattern Recognition: Orthopaedics app

Meet the 7 common hip pain patients from the Hip Mobility Deficits Clinical Practice Guidelines!  And Non-Arthritic Hip pain Clinical Practice Guidelines + More!

Clinical Pattern Recognition

Click on the pain pattern to learn about the patients and develop your clinical patterns!

1.     Hip OsteoarthritisHip pain and mobility deficits (1 minute video | Step-by-Step Guide)

2. Adductor strainHip pain and muscle power deficits (1 minute video)


3. Hamstring strainHip pain and muscle power deficits (1 minute video | Step-By-Step Guide)


4. Hip flexor strainHip pain and muscle power deficits (1 minute video)

5. Labral tearNon-arthritic hip pain (1 minute video | Step-by-Step Guide)


6. Trochanteric bursitisLateral hip pain (1 minute video)


7. Piriformis syndrome- Hip pain with radiating leg pain (1 minute video | Step-by-Step Guide)