Is it Back Pain or Hip Pain?

Lower back problems can often be misunderstood, and may actually be hip pain. Therefore, this type of pain can often be hard to diagnose without proper examination and testing. Doctors often say that there is a lot of overlap with hip and back pain. Most pain from hip and back problems is caused due to wear and tear on the body, and they can be related to a similar injury.

People often go to the doctor seeking help for hip pain, when it becomes severe or immobilizing. Sometimes, people are convinced there is something wrong with one part of their body, but do not have an accurate diagnosis and try to treat it themselves, causing further complications. Self-diagnosing and self-medicating can lead to a whole different range of problems.

Hip pain is not always as it appears. Hip pain can be a result of a problem in the hip joint itself. But, it can also be a result of a back problem or tissue problem, for example, due to degeneration or injury around the hip region.

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is the first step. Without getting an accurate diagnosis, and just ignoring your pain, will simply cause further problems. Realizing the reasons and causes for both your hip or back pain is the second step, before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Not knowing the anatomy of the body, especially of the back and hip, can cause a patient’s misunderstanding about the origin of their pain. Therefore, your doctor can educate you, in order to help you understand your pain, and then give you an accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment to relieve pain, and most importantly, aim to restore full function and mobility, getting you back to living your life to the fullest.

When is Hip Pain the Culprit?

The human hip is a ball and socket joint. It is the most flexible and free-moving joint in the body, able to move backwards and forwards, from side to side, and can perform twisting motions. Full function of the hip is dependent on the coordination of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. If the hip has degeneration from a condition such as arthritis, or becomes injured, hip surgery may be needed, depending on the severity of the case.

When the pain originates in the hip from arthritis, mobility of the hip is often limited, causing stiffness and pain. This lack of mobility is often realized when attempting to get out of bed, or trying to stand up. Arthritis is often at its worst when just waking up and getting out of bed.

Sometimes pain on the side of the hip is also a result of a condition called bursitis. Bursitis is caused usually from some type of injury. There are over 150 bursae in the human body. Bursae are sacs full of synovial fluid that act as a protector and lubricates our bones, tendons, joints, and muscles, enabling them to be able to move. When the sacs become inflamed, it also causes stiffness. Often, bursitis causes pressure and is quite painful. Common areas also affected by bursitis include: shoulders, elbows, ankles, knees, and thighs.

Hip problems and chronic pain in the hip is usually also producing groin pain on the side that is affected or injured, as the hip joint is very close to the spine. However, the most common type of pain affecting the hip is caused from osteoarthritis, one of the main types of arthritis, besides rheumatoid arthritis.

If arthritis is present in the hip joint, you may experience:

When is Back Pain the Culprit?

Low back pain in the lumbar spine region is the most common type of pain occurring in the back. It is also one of the most common reasons for disability. Due to the complexity of the spinal cord, it is important to realize there are many things that can go wrong in the spine. The nerves are responsible for telling the brain to send a message to the body that there is pain present. Due to the nerves being a delicate and intricate part of the back, pain may and frequently can radiate or travel to other parts of the back. Irritation or inflammation of these nerves can also cause pain in the upper leg or hip region.

The thing is, most people who have back pain don’t seek treatment, which often cause the pain to radiate to other areas of the spine, or even other parts of the body.  In other words, as mentioned before, sometimes back pain can be hard to diagnose, because many of the intricate structures in the spine can lead to pain stemming from the neck or other places, but also for other reasons, such as degeneration, a pinched nerve, or a herniated disc.

To find out whether your pain is stemming from problems in the back or the hip, or both, call Tarpon Orthopedics at 9725961059 today to make an appointment at one of our locations in our locations in West Plano, North Plano, or Addison, Texas, or use our online form.

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