Do you suffer from hip pain traveling down the leg?

Hip pain traveling down the leg is a complex ailment. Many different conditions can cause this ailment. It is a problem, that can limit your physical activities, and cause you pain.

Understanding the pain you feel

Pain in the hip is often associated with pain that travels down the leg. The hip joint is the connecting point for the thigh bone, and pelvis. Basically the hip itself is a ball-and-socket joint. Within the hip area are two important nerves, the sciatic nerve and the femoral nerve.

The sciatic nerve supplies sensation to almost all major muscle groups in the lower leg. The femoral nerve supplies sensation to the muscles in the front of the thigh down to the knee. Irritation or trauma to these nerves could produce hip pain that travels down the leg.

Closed filled sacs called bursa are located adjacent to the tendons near the hip joints. This bursa, when working correctly reduces friction between tissues and the body. If the bursa becomes inflamed, there will be hip pain and sometimes a burning sensation. Some symptoms you may experience are:

  • Numbness, or tingling and a burning sensation
  • Usually symptoms are on one side of the body
  • Sensitivity to a light touch as opposed to firm pressure
  • Pain that extends from the outer side of the thigh, down to the knee

Possible Causes of Hip Pain Traveling Down the Leg

The origin of hip pain traveling down the leg could have one of many causes. Of the many forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the arthritic condition that most commonly affects the hip. It can cause limited motion of the hip and cause pain that radiates down the leg.

Bursitis of the hip is associated with stiffness and pain around the joint that can cause pain that travels down the leg. Piriforms syndrome is an irritation of the sciatic nerve that manifests itself in a deep burning pain in the buttock that travels down across the leg. A more common non-arthritic hip pain condition is spine disorder, such as a ruptured disk, or degenerative arthritis. In the more advanced stages of this disorder, you can experience chronic hip pain that travels down the back of the leg.

What can you do to ease the pain?

You should avoid hills and stairs and any direct pressure to the hip area. Sometimes the hip pain traveling down the leg will get relief from applying ice compresses and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Get plenty of rest and in some cases it helps to wear non restrictive clothing. Contact your health care professional if the pain does not get better or it worsens.

Preparing to Discuss your Symptoms with your Health Care Professional

Hip pain traveling down the leg is not something you have to live with. It can be treated, and it is possible to regain full function. To get the correct diagnosis you may be asked to get X-rays, be checked for sensory differences, or get an MRI. It is important to get the correct diagnosis, so being prepared to answer your health care provider’s questions is important. Some questions that you may be asked are:

  • What surgeries have you experienced in the last five years?
  • Have you ever had a hip injury?
  • What repetitive activities seem to irritate your condition?
  • Does your job require you to wear any type of restrictive clothing?
  • Do you have a history of arthritis in your family?

Are you ready for a consultation? Contact one of our offices. We will schedule an appointment and help you ease the pain that you are experiencing.