Hip Pain Location Diagram
Hip pain is common and can have many causes, from sports injuries to falls, wear and tear, and joint degeneration. We have depicted the most common causes of hip pain on these diagrams of hip pain location from different angles. Knowing these pain patterns can help narrow down the likely diagnosis and refine a clinical examination.
Lower abdomen: Inguinal or femoral hernia can be felt in this area and spread to the groin. Pain is felt sometimes as a heavy discomfort or ache, sometimes a burning sensation, a palpable bulge can often be felt. Inguinal nerve entrapment will often feel more like a burning or electric pain, and there is often a hypersensitivity of the skin from the lower abdomen to the groin.
Front of the hip joint: Directly in front of the hip joint is where most people will feel Hip Flexor Pain, hip arthritis, Femoral Acetabular Impingement, Avascular Necrosis of the Hip/Osteonecrosis, and femoral neck stress fractures or complete hip fractures may be felt here.
Front of the thigh: This will be where quadriceps strains and tears are felt, along with femoral shaft stress or full fracture and meralgia paraesthetica.
Front of the pelvis and inner thigh: Symphysis Pubis is the joint at the front of the pelvis and pain here is often related to pregnancy, adductor pain can also be felt at this point and lower down on the inner thigh.
Posterior Hip Pain Location Diagram
Seat bone: At the seat bone or gluteal crease is where the hamstring inserts. Insertional Hamstring Tendinopathy can be felt here.
Side of hip and back of the thigh: This is a common referral area for pain originating from the lumbar spine and sciatica.
Central Buttock: Piriformis syndrome and deep glute syndrome are usually felt in the glute but can also refer down the back of the thigh.
Central back of pelvis: The sacroiliac joint is where the base of the spine and the pelvis join, SIJ pain is common in pregnancy, inflammatory conditions and trauma.