Hip pain can be common but not ordinary. It can be described as burning, aching, or sharp pain ranging from mild to severe. Several factors can lead to this pain which can be severe such as infections and fractures, or less severe but still possibly debilitating. That is why it is critical to seek expert care from hip pain specialists such as Jay M. Shah MD of Samwell Institute for Pain Management. Such providers can help pinpoint the cause of your condition for effective management. The following are possible causes of hip pain.
Anterior Hip Pain Causes
Issues such as bone fracture, infection, and inflammation within the hip joint can result in pain in your anterior hip. You feel the pain inside your hip or within your groin area. The leading causes include:
Inflammatory Arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, and other types of inflammatory arthritis can affect your hip, causing dull, aching pain. The pain may be eased with activity.
Osteoarthritis: this is a condition where your hip joint’s cartilage gradually wears off over time, probably due to aging. This results in narrowing the joint space between the bones and may cause the bones to rub on each other. You may experience dull, sharp, or aching pain, which worsens with activity and improves with rest.
Fracture: you may experience deep dull pain in your groin area or your outer-upper thigh if you break your hip or develop a fracture. This may be as a result of an accident or a direct blow to your hip.
Other causes of anterior hip pain include:
· Bone cancer
· Infected hip joint
· Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
· Hip labrum tear
· Osteonecrosis of the hip
· Hip flexor strain
· Iliopsoas bursitis
Lateral Hip Pain Causes
Sometimes you can experience pain on the side of your hip. This can be caused by:
Snapping Hip Syndrome: this is a condition where you have one or more tight tendons, muscles, or other soft tissues moving over the bony structures in your hip. It causes popping sensations and possibly pain with movement.
Trochanteric Bursitis: this condition leads to sharp pain on your hip that spreads down to your thigh and knee. This pain can worsen at night while you sleep and when you engage in physical activities such as walking and running.
Posterior Hip Pain Causes
Sometimes you can experience pain outside the hip area along your buttocks area. This is mainly due to issues with the ligaments, tendons, or muscles surrounding the hip joint. Such issues include:
Hamstring muscle strain: this is when you experience small micro-tears on your hamstring muscles around your hip joint.
Piriformis syndrome: This occurs when the sciatic nerve running through your hips is compressed or becomes irritated by your piriformis muscle. This can cause burning or aching pain in your posterior hip moving through your buttocks to your thigh.
Sacroiliac joint problem: infections, injuries, or arthritis to the sacroiliac joint that connects your lower spine to the pelvis can cause pain in your posterior hip. The pain may worsen with standing or walking and may radiate down to the back of your legs.
Some of the causes of hip pain are severe, requiring advanced treatment options. It will help if the conditions are diagnosed early enough. Therefore, please do not wait for your hip pain to go away by itself. Reach out to Samwell Institute for Pain Management, and Dr. Shah will help you get through your condition and get pain relief.