5 Common Causes of Hip Pain And How To Treat Them
Hip pain is almost as common as back pain, especially in women, and the two types of pain also share the same causes. The same muscles and tendons that can cause lower back pain also can sometimes cause hip pain. If you’re experiencing chronic hip pain it be caused by:
Exercise is one of the most common causes of hip pain. Overdoing it at the gym or out on a run can cause micro tears in the fascia or soft tissue around joints. It also can cause muscle aches and pains that can become hip pain. If you’re not used to exercising frequently be sure that you start slow and don’t overdo it when it comes to exercise. Always be sure to stretch before and after a workout to prevent damage that can lead to hip pain.
Sciatic nerve pain is often the cause of hip pain. When the sciatic nerve is pinched or has pressure put on it by a muscle or tendon that is inflamed it can cause pain that radiates out of the lower back into the hip, thigh, calf or down into the foot. It can also cause numbness and tingling. The pain associated with sciatica can be a sharp pain or more of a dull pain or ache.
3. Sitting Too Much
If you sit in an office behind a desk all day you are risk for hip pain, especially if you don’t have a very supportive chair or if your chair isn’t the right height. To reduce the stress on your joints and prevent your muscles from getting tight and painful get up for at least five minutes once every hour. Walk around a little or do some yoga stretching at your desk. Just getting up and moving around should be enough to reduce any hip pain that you’re feeling.
4. Gynecological Issues
Women often experience hip pain as well as back pain due to ovulation and menstruation. Reproductive problems like endometriosis can also cause hip pain. Usually this pain isn’t serious and doesn’t indicate any type of health concern but if you experience persistent hip pain and your cycle seems out of whack you should see your doctor to rule out any existing medical condition.
5. Bad Mattress
If your mattress is not supportive enough you experience hip and back pain from the pressure points in the mattress, especially if you are a side sleeper. As mattresses get older and break down they can lose the support they used to have leading to hip and back pain. Buying a new mattress or adding firm memory foam mattress topper can help eliminate the hip and back pain that comes from sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t support you properly.
If you think any of these reasons may be causing your back pain – take care to correct them. If they continue to give you problems, we’d love to help! Please schedule an appointment with us