Hip, knee and leg pain are extremely common complaints that are often very closely linked to one another. They can cause great discomfort, a lack of mobility and if left untreated, can have a significant impact on a person’s life.
Many cases of hip pain come as a result of something as simple as overworking it through exercise or from a slip or fall. The pain is a result of strained or inflamed soft tissue that, with rest, should clear up within a few days. Other hip, knee and leg pains are more permanent and must be treated as soon as possible.
In most circumstances the pain is localised at the site of the problem, but people often experience something known as referred pain, which is pain that is felt in a different part of the body. For example, when hip pain can be felt in the groin, leg or knee. Pain that persists for more than a few days, continues at night or if the hip starts to swell, needs to be checked by a professional in order for an accurate diagnosis to be made.