Hip pain


What are the symptoms associated with hip pain?

Tenderness in the hip, swelling over the hip, warmth, loss of hip motion, joint pain, limping, groin pain, difficulty in sleeping on the hip and discomfort in the thigh, hip joint or buttocks. Back pain can also radiate to hip.

What are the causes of hip pain?

Hip Injury: Broken/Fractured hip, dislocation, bursitis and snapping hip syndrome.

Arthritis and hip affecting diseases: Hip arthritis/hip joint pain, hip disease, any type of arthritis and associated conditions which affect the bones, muscles or joints can cause hip swelling and pain.

Pinched Nerves: Conditions caused by pinched nerves including sciatica, sacroiliitis, and meralgia paraesthetica can cause hip pain.

Cancer: Leukemia, bone cancer and metastatic cancer if spread to bones can lead to hip pain.

What are the self-care tips for hip pain?

When the hip pain is minor, you can manage it yourself at home. Take rest and avoid direct pressure on the hip. Do not sleep on the painful or affected side. Avoid repeated hip bending and prolonged sitting. Hip pain can be relieved with over the counter pain medications including ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen sodium. You can also use ice or heat packs to ease the pain. Normal stretching exercises are also helpful to relieve hip pain.

When to see a doctor?

You need medical help immediately if hip pain arises suddenly, intense pain, sudden swelling, an injury or fall prompted hip pain, your joint is bleeding or looks deformed, a popping sound heard by you at the time of injury, you are unable to move leg or hip or you can’t bear weight on hip.

What are the nonsurgical treatments for hip pain?

Medication: Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs are used to ease the pain.

Injections: Corticosteroid injections are used to reduce the inflammation. Hyaluronan injections are used to lubricate the painful hip joint and pain relief. Platelet Rich Plasma injections are used to encourage healing and reduce pain. These medications are injected directly into the hip.

Physical Therapy: Yoga, swimming, exercises are some physical activities which help to reduce hip pain. Physical therapy improves the flexibility, posture, strength and mobility of the hip.

*Results may vary from individual to individual