Hip pain is a common complaint with a variety of causes. The muscles, tendons, nerves, cartilage, and bursae (cushions between those connectors) must all work together smoothly to produce pain-free movement. Injury, inflammation, and sciatic pain can all affect your comfort and ability to move.
A patient history and examination showing which areas are tender or which motions cause pain can help doctors determine the cause of the pain. Pain on the "inside" and toward the groin can indicate trouble in the joint itself. Pain on "outside" along the upper edge of your leg or buttock may point to issues with the connective tissue.
• Inflammation: Arthritis, Tendonitis, & Bursitis
Causes of Hip Pain
Sciatica most often happens when a nerve in your spine is "pinched" between bone and spinal disc causing pain to radiate outward through the hip joint and down your leg.
A more common source of pain is Inflammation from arthritis and tendonitis. This causes the tissues of the joint to painfully "rub" together and limits mobility, sometimes even resulting in disability. Likewise, Bursitis causes debilitating pain when the bursae (fluid-filled sacs between connective muscles, tendons, and bones) become swollen and irritated from repetitive use.
The hip joint is vulnerable to injuries such as fractures, labral (cartilage) tears, dislocation, and strains.
Treatment for Hip Pain
Home treatment should include rest and ice. While many doctors prescribe anti-inflammatories and opioids to treat hip pain, the doctors at Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic prefer a safer approach, encouraging the body to heal itself and avoiding the temptation of drug misuse or addiction:
Cold laser therapy stimulates cells and reduces inflammation within the hip joint to lessen pain and increase mobility. Physical therapy stretches and strengthens the hip joint while it heals. And chiropractic care brings the spine into alignment to relieve pressure from vertebrae encroaching on nerves supplying your hips.
"Hip Pain." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 18 May 2016. Web. 27 July 2017.