5 Common Causes of Hip Pain in Women
When you tell your doctor your hip hurts, the first thing he should do is confirm that your hip is actually the problem. In many causes the pain can be related to sitting too much or losing normal mobility in the hips. Women might say they have hip pain, but what they may mean is they have pain in the side of the upper thigh, hamstring, upper buttock, or they may be experiencing lower back pain, says Stephanie E. Siegrist, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Rochester, N.Y., and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hip pain is often felt in the groin or on the outside of the hip directly over where the hip joint (a ball-and-socket joint) is located.
Among the most common causes of hip pain in women are:
1. Arthritis. The most common cause of chronic hip pain in women is arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear kind that affects many people as they age. “The ball-and-socket joint starts to wear out,” Siegrist says. Arthritis pain is often felt in the front of your thigh or in the groin, due to stiffness or swelling in the joint.
2. Hip fractures. Hip fractures are common in older women, especially those with osteoporosis (decreased bone density). Symptoms of a hip fracture include pain when you straighten, lift, or stand on your leg. Also, the toes on your injured side will appear to turn out, a sign that can aid your doctor’s preliminary diagnosis.
3. Tendinitis and bursitis. Many tendons around the hip connect the muscles to the joint. These tendons can easily become inflamed if you overuse them or participate in strenuous activities. One of the most common causes of tendinitis at the hip joint, especially in runners, is iliotibial band syndrome — the iliotibial band is the thick span of tissue that runs from the outer rim of your pelvis to the outside of your knee. Another common cause of hip pain in women is bursitis, says Marc Philippon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Vail, Colo. Fluid-filled sacs called bursae cushion the bony part of the hip that is close to the surface. Like the tendons, these sacs can become inflamed from irritation or overuse and cause pain whenever you move the hip joint.
4. Hernia. In the groin area, femoral and inguinal hernias — sometimes referred to as sports hernias — can cause anterior (frontal) hip pain in women. Pregnant women can be susceptible to inguinal hernias because of the added pressure on the wall of their abdomen.
5. Gynecological and back issues. “Hip pain in women can relate to gynecological causes,” Siegrist says. “It’s important not to just assume that the pain is caused by arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis. Depending on your age and other health issues, the pain in your hip could be coming from some other system.” Endometriosis (when the uterus lining grows somewhere else) can cause pelvic tenderness, which some women describe as hip pain. Pain from the back and spine also can be referred and felt around the buttocks and hip, Siegrist says. Sciatica, a pinched nerve, can cause pain in the back of the hip — the pain from sciatica can start in your lower back and travel down to your buttocks and legs.
Hip Pain Treatment Options depends on the diagnosis, but pain that's caused by overuse or sports injuries is often treated with heat, rest, and restoring normal hip mobility through proper mobility exercises, lengthening the hamstrings and chiropractic adjustments. To prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before exercising and wear appropriate clothing, especially good shoes when running, If certain activities or overuse are causing hip pain, stop those that aggravate the discomfort and talk to your chiropractor. Excess weight can put pressure on the hip joint, so losing the pounds can provide relief and help you avoid further problems. Some causes of hip pain, such as fractures, labral tears or hernias, may need surgical repairs. Most of the time the pain simply relates to lack of normal motion.
Try this simple mobility screening and see if you can pass #2, #3 and #4.
A complete functional fitness screening can help if you failed any of the above exercises….
Most people can be assessed using a “functional fitness screening” (have you had one lately?) With this, someone can see if they have a hip problem as well as other tight muscles that are critical to proper function. When I see problems with mobility and flexibility, I recommend postural and mobility exercises to hip issues and/or other muscles and this makes a HUGE difference with day to day pain, especially if they are chronic in nature. Remember, the ultimate rigidity is called “Rigor Mortis”. Life is motion and motion is movement. Posture, movement and alignment are critical to your quality of life. If you have been suffering with hip pain and are not sure what to do next.... give us a call at 623.551.6677 or check out our website: www.myanthemhealth.com
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Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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