Advanced Pain Medical Group is here to help the Southern California community with pain management and hip pain treatment.
How Do I Know If My Hip Pain Is Serious?
Hip pain can clear up on its own without treatment. However, if you have persistent sharp pain or dull pain radiating from the hip, it might be a sign of something more serious.
Hip pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Avascular necrosis, where the tissue of the hip begins to die due to lack of blood supply
- Certain cancers such as ovarian or cervical cancer
- Inguinal hernias
Fortunately, most causes of hip pain are musculoskeletal in nature and can be treated through proper pain management. These causes include:
- Hip Labral Tears
- Muscle Strains or Sprains
- Overuse Injuries
- Inflammation of the tendons
- Bursitis, or inflammation of the bursae sacs in the hip joint
- Hip fractures
Hip Flexor Pain
The flip flexors are located on the upper parts of the hip on either side of the thigh. Hip flexors give your hips the range of motion they need to walk, jump, run, and move freely. When you feel pain in your hip flexor, it can be caused by any of the conditions listed above.
Additionally, hip flexor pain can also be caused due to tight muscles and a lack of stretching.
How Do I Know If I Have Sciatica Or Hip Pain?
Most hip pain will present as:
- Pain in the inside and outside of the hip joint
- Groin pain
- Thigh pain
- Pain in the buttocks
However, if you have hip pain that radiates down the leg and is more of a sharp pain, this is a sign of sciatica. Sciatica is caused by a pinched sciatic nerve, which runs down the lower back to either side of the leg.
If your hip pain worsens at night, this could also be a symptom of sciatica or another chronic condition, such as arthritis or bursitis.
Pain Management For Relief
Pain management specialists will find the root cause of your hip pain and conduct follow-up treatment for pain relief. This can include various muscle stretches, corrective exercises, and even manual adjustments to re-align the hips.