A hip joint can refer pain downwards, or upwards towards the lower back. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The femur forms the ball, and the hip acetabulum forms the socket. The joint surfaces is lined with articular cartilage that allows the bones to move frictionlessly within the joint.
Also, the socket area has a fibrous labrum to increase compatibility. Just like any other joint cartilage, these areas can wear away or tear and become the source of pain.
Hip joint pain mainly presents close to the groin area as the hip sits about 2.5cm in and down from the crest of your hip bone. In contrast, a labrum injury presents with C-sign. This sign describes pain as on your hip by putting your hand over your hip with your thumb pointing backwards (Your thumb and index finger creates a “C” around your hip).
On the other hand groin pain when moving your hip is a warning sign of a problem inside the joint itself. Joint pain is challenging to pinpoint; therefore a skilled physiotherapist is necessary.
Hip joint issues arise from damage or injury to the hip ball-and-socket connection. Osteoarthritis (OA) is normal wear and tear of the joint and is a problem only if severe. Diseases can also attack and destroy the hip joint surfaces. The disease are commonly arthritis-type conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Juvenile arthritis and gout.