Hip pain can be seen at various points in peoples lives.

In young people it may relate to developmental issues such as the way the hip takes shape as it grows (developmental dysplasia) or other processes such as Perthe's disease or damage to the growing part of the bone (slipped epiphysis).

It is also a common issue as we get older. It is frequently due to arthritis and degeneration in the joint or tearing of the gluteal or hamstring tendons attaching to the bones around the joint.

Other potential sources of hip pain are damage to the labrum (cartilage) around the hip joint socket, stress fractures and impairment of the blood supply to the head of the femur.

Common operations around the hip include hip replacement, tendon repair and hip arthroscopy.