Five common causes of hip pain

Hip pain can be dull, sharp, local, or radiating. It can make our legs feel weak, cause tingling or result in tightness in our buttocks and back. Even though our hips are designed for heavy usage, like all of our joints, they are not indestructible and when they experience problems the resulting pain can affect our ability to participate in day-to-day activities, as well as the duration and quality of our sleep. While there are many reasons for hip pain, five common causes include arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, injury and referred pain.


Generally speaking, arthritis is inflammation in the joints. Arthritis comes in many different forms, with one of the most common forms being osteoarthritis. When the cartilage in a joint breaks down, friction increases resulting in inflammation, and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis in the hip is usually the result of changes due to age, but it can also be the result of an injury or other condition.


Repetitive stress from overuse can inflame the tendons, the thick bands of tissue that attach to the bones. One way to avoid tendinitis is to stretch before any exercise. However, if you are experiencing ongoing hip pain during and after exercise, then you should consult your GP and chiropractor.


The bursae are located between tissues and are small sacs of fluid. The bursae's role in the body is to reduce friction. If bursae in the hips become inflamed, usually due to overuse and repetitive activities, this can result in bursitis and hip pain.


Whilst most common in the elderly, hip injuries can occur at any stage of life. Runners and people who play contact sports are more likely to experience a hip injury and the resultant hip pain.

Referred pain

On occasion, the brain can confuse the pain signals and whilst you are experiencing pain in your hip, the cause may be in the lower spine. This is because nerves in the lower spine and hip share the same pathway.

If you are experiencing hip pain, and it is affecting your quality of life, it is important to seek professional help. Contact the chiropractic team at Melville Wellness to diagnose and develop a treatment plan to help you with your hip pain.

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