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Front of the hip pain common location

Anterior Hip Pain

Anterior hip pain is pain that is experienced over the front of the hip.

There are many potential causes for anterior hip pain. Explore the information under each tab below to understand more about the anatomy of the area and things that may go wrong.

If you have already visited our Hip Pain Explained page, you may have already read some of this information.

On this page you will find information specific to conditions related to pain in the front of the hip.

Common conditions associated with anterior hip pain:

Pain experienced in the front of the hip may be related to:

  • joints of the hip & pelvis, where two bones meet
  • ‘soft tissues’, non-bony structures, such as muscles
  • bones, such as the femur (thigh bone) or bones of the pelvis
  • the lower back (Lumbar Spine)
  • nerves that run through and around the hip & pelvis
  • pelvic organs or blood vessels, or other health issues masquerading as hip pain.

Explore each of these further in the tabs below.

 

What is Pain?

Pain is an experience that the brain creates for the purposes of stimulating you to change your behaviour or seek help for a perceived problem with your body. Irritating or potentially damaging stimuli in your body (like high levels of pressure, tension or extremes of temperature) activate sense receptors (danger sensors) in the area. Signals from danger sensors in the body travel through the nervous system to the brain. Here the information is processed and the brain sometimes (but not always) produces a pain experience.   

 

If you would like to read more about understanding what pain is, please click here.

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