Hip pain can come from a number of sources. Pain in your buttocks or “your back pocket” is often described as “hip pain” but it usually isn’t related to the hip at all; that type of pain generally comes from the back.
Pain on the side of your hip is generally not related to any joint problems; it usually comes from the tendons or the bursa such as in Snapping Hip Syndrome or Trochanteric Bursitis.
Hip joint pain is usually felt in the groin area. The surfaces of the hip joint can degenerate over time and become arthritic. Arthritis causes pain, limp and loss of motion. Early treatment can include medications and physical therapy. When the condition becomes resistant to conservative treatment, total hip replacement may be warranted.