Pain may arise from structures that are within the joint or from structures surrounding the hip. It can occur when any problems occur to the muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, or soft tissues that make up the joint.
Pain can be referred from other structures outside the joint, meaning that while the joint hurts, the problem may potentially originate elsewhere. Numerous conditions can cause pain of the region. These include arthritis, trochanteric bursitis, impingement, fractures, sprains and strains.