Hip Pain: The more you know, the better you’ll feel

Your hip is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in your body. In order to keep it functioning properly, a network of bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons must all work together in perfect harmony.

With so many critical moving parts, it’s important to understand what may be going on when you experience any kind of new pain in your hip. When things aren’t working right anywhere in that network, the result can be debilitating.

There are many factors that can cause hip pain. Conditions can develop during the growth and development of the bones — and all that surround them in the hip — as you continue to grow during your childhood or adolescence. Trauma, as well as the wear and tear that occurs with physical activity and aging, can lead to arthritic conditions, resulting in acute or chronic pain.

  • If you are experiencing pain in your hip, it could be originating from a wide variety of areas, beyond the hip itself. Often, pain can be sent from the back, as a result of an irritated nerve, for example.
  • Hip arthritis always causes pain in the groin. If you do not have groin pain, the cause of your pain is usually due to a herniated disc or sciatica. But pain in the groin can still originate from the back. Some of the sciatic nerves have branches that run into the groin. Pain in the buttock or side of the hip is almost always due to sciatica.
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of hip pain. Cartilage covers your joints and allows them to move smoothly. As you age, cartilage can wear away, particularly in the hip joints that support your body. Without this cushioning, the bones of the hip joints rub against each other, causing significant pain.
  • Other common causes of hip pain include sciatica, tendonitis, bursitis and, of course, dislocations and fractures.

What you can do to help relieve the pain.

  • Losing weight can greatly help reduce the pain you’re feeling. Being overweight puts extra stress on your hips. Doctors say that every 10 pounds you lose can lower your arthritis pain by as much as 20%.
  • Start a daily stretching routine. Simple stretches that can be done at home will improve hip flexibility, pelvic stability and thigh strength. Yoga can also be a very beneficial approach to helping alleviate, and prevent, your hip pain.
  • Exercise helps your joints work better. Low-impact exercise will strengthen your joints and increase their range of motion. A physical therapist can show you exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your hips, which will reduce the stress exerted on them.

Our highly skilled, experienced specialists provide quick and easy access to affordable, non-narcotic, multidisciplinary treatment to quickly alleviate your hip pain — all in one convenient location — no referral necessary. If you have any questions or are concerned about your hip pain, give us a call us today to schedule a consultation. 319-540-8251.