Hips play a large role in daily activities like running, walking, climbing stairs, and standing up from sitting. When the hip is compromised, everything below is affected in some way. Hips are also weight-bearing which can lead to arthritis of the hip joint.
Since hips are weight-bearing joints, pain in the front of the hip can point to arthritis or muscle strain, while pain on the side is typically muscle-related.
Factors such as a patient’s gait and range of motion can help determine the course of treatment. Looking at a patient’s stride or how well they climb stairs can also help the physical therapist assess what might be causing hip pain.