Four facts about hip and groin pain
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.