Ask an Expert: Hip Pain Prevention

Information provided by Mark Wagner, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

The hip is the largest ball and socket joint in the human body, formed where the head of the femur (thighbone) meets the pelvic bones. Though it is a relatively simple joint, there are many factors that can cause you to experience pain in one or both hips. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage tears
  • Hip impingements

Hip pain often requires treatment from a doctor, but there are some measures that you can take on your own to prevent it. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and making low-impact activities part of your daily routine are all very important. Some examples of low-impact activities include:
  • Riding a bike
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Using an elliptical trainer


Dr. Wagner practices in Portland, OR and is affiliated with Providence Orthopedic Institute. He emphasizes the importance of staying active, and says “The main thing we try to stress is to find something that keeps your hip moving and lubricated, and is something that you can do on a consistent basis that keeps you happy.”