Hip pain is a common problem that becomes more widespread when patients reach their 50s. It may be primary (coming from your hips) or referred pain from your lower back.
Hip pain can be particularly disabling because your hips are such large joints, and it’s difficult to rest them. It interferes with daily activities, including your ability to walk, and stops you from doing your favorite outdoor pursuits.
Hip pain can also affect your groin, lower back, and upper thigh. Activities like walking, bicycling, running, and golf that cause pronounced hip movement often worsen your pain. Without treatment, hip pain can soon make it difficult to get comfortable in any position.
You could have hip pain if you sprain a ligament or strain a tendon, and hips can dislocate under enough force. However, two of the conditions that are most likely to cause hip pain are:
Osteoarthritis is the type most people get. It develops when the cartilage on the ends of the bones forming the joint degrades and wears away, generally as a result of aging. Other forms of the disease include rheumatoid arthritis, where a malfunction in your immune system causes it to damage the joints.
The trochanter is the prominent bone on the outside of your hip. Trochanteric bursitis is irritation of the bursae (sacs of fluid protecting the joint) that causes inflammation and pain. You might find it hard to sleep on your side because of the pain.
Sciatica can also cause hip pain. This condition develops when there’s pressure on your sciatic nerve, which goes from your lower spine, through each hip, and down your legs. You can feel pain along any part of the nerve, including your hips.
Rest and gentle heat often relieve hip pain. You might also benefit from using ice packs several times a day with conditions like trochanteric bursitis. Physical therapy can also be important in overcoming hip pain. It helps to strengthen the muscles and connective tissues and stops the joint from getting too stiff.
Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas also offers innovative nonsurgical treatments for hip pain. These include peripheral nerve blocks, which are injections into your hip joint, and electric cell signaling treatment using the cutting-edge RST-Sanexas neoGEN® device.
If your hip pain is due to sciatica, relieving compression on the sciatic nerve should resolve your condition. You might need to undergo nonsurgical spinal decompression (a type of motorized traction) or an indirect decompression procedure.
For expert relief of your hip pain, call Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas today or book an appointment online.