Hip pain is one of the most common reasons to see a doctor. Although disk herniations and pinched nerves may cause referred pain into the hip, there are other causes of hip pain originating from the hip itself. Pressure over the greater trochanter (side of hip area) may cause a bursitis (inflammation of a fluid sac). Arthritis in the hip joint and tendinitis due to overused and strained muscles are additional causes of hip pain.
A good history and comprehensive physical exam are important to identify and treat the source of hip pain.