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The hip is a ball and socket joint that allows significant mobility and freedom of movement. The upper part of the joint is formed by the pelvic bone and the lower part is the top of the femur bone. Numerous muscles from the spine to the knee produce motion in the hip. Problems in any of these areas can cause symptoms that could be called hip pain. Careful examination and diagnostic tests can help to locate and treat the source of the discomfort.

Note: Pain in the hip area can sometimes be caused by a spine problem and pain in the groin area is often a sign of one of the hip conditions listed below.


  • Arthritis: A painful condition that affects the joints in the body. 
  • Dislocation of the Hip: A dislocation occurs when a bone is pulled or pushed out of place (out of its normal relationship to the other bones that make up a joint). For a complete description, refer to the Dislocation topic on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website. 
  • Hip Labral Tear: A tear to a type of cartilage in the hip. 
  • Inflammatory Hip Conditions
  • Osteonecrosis: When the blood vessels that supply blood to the bones gradually begin to cut off the supply. 
  • Osteoporosis: The disease that affects your bones. For more information, refer to the Osteoporosis topic overview on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise Health Encyclopedia website.
  • Pelvis Fracture: When a fracture occurs due to a fall or accident. For more details, refer to the Hip Fracture topic on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise Health Encyclopedia website.


For an explanation of all our treatment options see our Joint Pain Treatment Options section.

  • Hip Arthroscopy: A surgical procedure that allows an orthopaedic surgeon to diagnose and treat certain hip disorders. 
  • Mini-Posterolateral Total Hip Replacement: A technique that allows the surgeon to perform total hip replacement through a relatively small incision. 
  • Partial Hip Replacement: When only one part of the joint is damaged or diseased, a partial hip replacement may be recommended. 
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Total Hip Replacement: When an orthopaedic surgeon replaces a painful, dysfunctional joint with a highly functional, long-lasting artificial joint. 

Special Programs

Joint Replacement Program (Lebanon)
A specialized group of surgeons, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners whose sole focus is hip and knee replacements and other treatments for joint pain. Named a 2011 Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement(SM).

Sports Medicine
A team of specialists and physical therapists that specialize in treating adults and children with any sports-related injuries and chronic conditions. Treatment is based on evidence-based care to get you back to your passion in as little time as possible.

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