“Is it my back or hip that’s causing pain?”—is very common question.
If you’re in pain, you certainly want to know where it’s coming from. Because back pain can also radiate into the hip and buttocks, many patients are unsure of what is causing their pain – and how to treat it. So, here’s everything you need to know:
How to Tell If Your Pain is Caused by a Hip Problem
The following are the most common hip problems and their associated symptoms:
- Generalized hip joint pain. Pain that originates in the hip joint usually presents as groin pain, on one or both sides, that may or may not travel to the inner thigh, the front of the leg, and knee.
- Hip arthritis. The distinguishing symptom of hip arthritis is limited joint mobility. Patients with moderate to severe arthritis have a hard time standing up. Also, the range of motion in the joint may be decreased. This also presents as difficulty putting on shoes or socks and getting out of the car.
- Hip bursitis. Pain on the side of the hip is usually caused by hip bursitis—a condition where the joint lining, fluid-filled sacs, known as bursae, are inflamed.
Once symptoms are recognized, an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist can order diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, ultrasound or MRI, to confirm a diagnosis.
How to Tell If Your Pain is Caused by a Back Problem
Some common back problems and their associated symptoms are:
- Generalized lower back pain (LBP). Pain in the lower back is always a symptom of LBP. Also, a shooting pain, known as sciatica (leg pain coming from the back), may be felt in the buttocks, back of the thigh, and down the leg.
- A herniated disc. A herniated disc causes pain by pressing on a nerve which will generate pain in the buttocks and down through the leg. Fatigue, weakness, and varying degrees of sciatica are also usually felt.
- Spinal stenosis. The narrowing of the spinal canal, due to injury or aging, creates a narrowing around the spinal cord in a condition known as spinal stenosis. Key distinguishing symptoms include: leg pain and fatigue associated with prolonged standing, walking, and/or running. Usually, pain caused by spinal stenosis gets better when patients sit, lay down or flex forward.
Diagnostic tests that correlate with symptom findings confirm the presence of these injuries/conditions.
How to Get Rid of Your Pain
If you have pain that caused by your back or hip, or are unsure of where the pain is coming from, we have a solution for you. Our team of Orthopedic Surgeons and Spine Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating all injuries of the spine and hip. When you’re ready, please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment.