Hip pain is a symptom that may be indicative of a number of conditions. At our Wall and Shrewsbury offices, we provide diagnosis, rehabilitation, and pain relief for patients suffering from hip pain. Our offices offers a full range of non-surgical options for hip pain, including a team of medical experts (physicians who specialize in disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems) as well as a physical therapy department, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
The hip is a joint in the body that connects the leg to the torso (where the thigh bone meets the pelvis). Pain may be caused by a direct trauma to the hip itself, such as during sports injuries, auto accidents, or slips and falls. In such causes, the hip may experience sprains, fractures, dislocations, or bursitis. Age-related degeneration plays a large role in how well the hip can withstand trauma. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is also the most common cause of hip pain in older patients.
Hip pain may also be caused by sciatica. Sciatica is the term used to describe a set of symptoms experienced in the lower extremities (pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, for example). The sciatic nerve begins from nerves roots in the lower back (the lumbar spine) and extends downward to the legs. When a disc injury causes compression of the nerves, or when any other condition irritates or inflames the sciatic nerve, the symptoms of sciatica may occur. Some sciatica patients suffer from hip pain.