You’ve developed pain on one of your hips, and even the slightest movements cause shooting sensations that make you rethink moving again. If this sounds familiar, the problem may lie in a nerve entrapment, or pinched nerve, in your hip.
When it comes to problems of the hips, the team of orthopaedic experts at Western Orthopaedics includes Dr. Brian White, who’s devoted his career to remedying hip problems of all kinds.
Here’s a look at some of the signs of a pinched nerve in your hip and how you can find relief.
The potential culprits
The human body contains about 46 miles of nerves, but there are only a few than can cause problems in your hips, including the following nerves:
- Lateral femoral cutaneous
Each of these nerves causes symptoms in different areas, which we review in the following section.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve
To identify which nerve is causing your hip pain, Dr. White first reviews the location of your symptoms, which can include pain, as well as tingling and numbness.
If your symptoms are toward the back of your hip, this likely means that either your sciatic or pudendal nerve is involved.
If there’s impingement of your sciatic nerve in your hip, the symptoms are likely localized. This distinction is important as other problems with your sciatic nerve, like sciatica, begin in your lower back and cause symptoms that radiate down through your hip and into your lower extremities.
If your hip pain is toward the front of your hip, the likely culprits are your obturator, femoral, and/or lateral femoral cutaneous nerves. These types of nerve entrapments lead to symptoms in the front of your hip, but they can also travel down into the front of your thigh, knee, and foot.
No matter which nerve is entrapped in your hip, you’re left with discomfort and the inability to move without pain, making finding relief a priority.
Treating your pinched nerve
Most pinched nerves resolve themselves on their own with the proper guidance and support. So Dr. White locates the pinched nerve, and then he recommends several treatments that can get you on the road to relief, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Hot and cold therapies
- At-home exercises
This last point is an important one, as gentle stretching exercises can help free up your entrapped nerve. Depending upon the location of the pinched nerve, we provide you with the most effective stretching regimen for that particular type of entrapment.
If there’s a structural defect that’s causing chronic problems with a pinched nerve in your hip, we can discuss further how to resolve the issue, once and for all.
If you suspect you have a pinched nerve in your hip, it’s important to see Dr. White sooner rather than later so that you’re armed with the right treatment plan. To get started, contact one of our two offices in Denver or Arvada, Colorado, to set up an appointment. You can phone us or click the “request appointment” button to get started.