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Is My Hip Pain Actually Nerve Pain?

Is My Hip Pain Actually Nerve Pain?

Dr Dan Albright hip painPain in different parts of the human body can have various origins. Some of the reasons might not be that serious, whereas some of them require immediate attention. Several conditions can trigger hip pain. It can be due to prolonged episodes of sitting and lack of physical activity, or it can be because of arthritis, muscle sprain, or other physical deterioration or injury. However, a person needs to be sure that the pain is not caused due to nerve pain, as this can be serious. 

How Can I Tell if it is or is not Nerve Pain?

The symptoms of nerve pain are going to be different from other types of pain. They are as follows: 

  • Burning sensation and pain in the hips 
  • Tingling or numbness in the hips  
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Pain navigating down the leg

To identify the cause of the hip pain, it is best to consult a medical professional with the required skills and expertise. A doctor will conduct a complete examination of the hip to identify the pain origin. 

After the examination, it will be determined whether physical therapy is an option to be tried. Biomechanical and muscle issues would be addressed because they are the leading cause of hip pain. 

If medication can be used to manage the pain, the doctor will discuss the types used. Pills or injections would be prescribed once the leading cause of the problem is identified. 

If the pain origin is undetermined, there is a chance you will be recommended to a specialist for a second medical opinion.  

If hip pain is continuing, they should consult a doctor if the pain is unbearable and affects mobility.  Hip pain can also be related to lower back pain, so identifying its source is crucial.  Determining the cause of the pain allows for the proper treatment to be applied for the best results.

Pain medications should be avoided as much as possible because they can be addictive.  Quite often, patients can control pain through physical therapy. The therapist will help alleviate the pain by stretching the muscles and taking stress off the irritated nerves.  Exercising and building muscle strength results in proper support of the joints and facilitating correct posture, which helps alleviate pain in the hip. Keeping the muscles strong will also prevent pain in the future.

For more information on ways to reduce or eliminate hip pain, contact Dr. Dan Albright.  Call 919-863-6808 to schedule an appointment.

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