Four facts about hip and groin pain

  1. Hip pain never goes below the knee.
    It is usually felt in the groin region, but occasionally around the ischium. It can be referred to the knee.
  2. The labrum is a common cause of hip and groin pain.
    This cartilaginous structure runs around the rim of the acetabulum. Tears can be acute but can also have a subacute or chronic onset with episodes of sharp exacerbations.
  3. Around half of so called “groin strains” are actually due to intra-articular pathology
    The orthopaedic literature points to labral tears and intra-articular cartilage damage as being common causes of hip pain.
  4. Many labral tears are secondary to impingement
    Impingement describes the condition whereby a dysplastic bump on the femoral neck abuts or hits on the edge of the acetabulum which may also be dysplastic. This condition is also a significant cause for early osteoarthritis if not treated early.