Your hip joint is made up of a ball and socket joint connecting the top of your leg to your pelvis. Its primary function is to support your weight in both static (eg. sitting, standing) and dynamic postures (eg. walking, running). The hip is also key in maintaining balance and pelvic tilt.
Hip pain, like knee pain, is common and affects many people and has a wide variety of causes. It can present in the hip bone joint itself, but can also present in your upper thigh, glutes, iliotibial band, and groin region. The pain can start in the joint itself or can source from problems in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or other soft tissues. Significant hip pain at night is also common.
Hip pain can also be caused by conditions in other parts of the body, such as your lower back. This is called referred pain. Determining the exact location of your pain will help our team pinpoint the underlying cause.
The more common cause of hip pain is tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons. This is often caused by excessive exercise. This will limit your range of motion and ability to move but usually resolves after a few days of rest.
Other causes include:
Diagnosis of hip pain usually involves a few simple questions and a short exam. For some causes, lab testing or imaging may be ordered.
Treatment for hip pain
Picking the right health care for hip pain depends on the proper diagnosis. Once you know the cause, you can reduce and treat pain successfully.
At BackFit Health + Spine, your pain relief treatment may include:
At BackFit, we also work to prevent hip pain from happening in the first place.