- What is a pinched nerve in the hip?
- Symptoms: What does a pinched nerve in the hip feel like?
- Typical causes of pinched nerve in hip
- Pain relief from pinched nerve in hip
- Other pain relief options for pinched nerve in hip
- Recovery time
- How to prevent hip pain in the future
- When to see a doctor about your hip pain
- Managing and preventing a pinched nerve in the hip
Do you feel a burning pain in your hip? Or a numbness down your leg? Can you feel pins and needles in your thigh? If so, you may be suffering from a pinched nerve in the hip.1 The pain from pinched nerves can be severe. It can cause you to walk with a limp. It may even prevent you from doing your routine activities, working, and playing sports. Fortunately, you can get quick relief from a pinched nerve in the hip through physical therapy exercises. These exercises help stretch the muscles and other tissues surrounding the nerve. This relieves the pressure on the nerve and reduces your pain.2
The Injurymap app shows you many exercises that can provide relief from symptoms of a pinched nerve in the hip. With this informative guide, we will help you understand the different causes of a pinched nerve in the hip. We’ll also tell you how to treat the hip pain from a pinched nerve and prevent it from returning.
Nerves transmit pain and other signals from various parts of the body to the brain. When a nerve becomes pinched or pressed upon by the surrounding tissues (muscles, tendons, cartilages, and ligaments), the pressure on the nerve causes it to become irritated. As a result, the pain signals transmitted by the nerve are amplified. That’s why a pinched nerve causes severe pain. The medical term for this condition is radiculopathy.3
A pinched nerve in the hip is a very painful condition. The pain can be a dull ache or it can be a sharp, burning pain. The pain may radiate to the inner thigh or groin region. Sometimes, the pain can travel as far down as the knee.1 Walking or moving around typically makes the hip pain from a pinched nerve worse. You may also experience numbness (loss of sensation) that spreads down your leg.1 Tingling (a pins and needles sensation) is another common symptom of a pinched nerve in the hip. Some people have weakness in the leg, a feeling of tightness in the hip muscles, or a limited range of movement in the affected leg.3
A pinched nerve in the hip can happen for many reasons. It can be something minor, like sleeping in an awkward position. A more severe injury can also cause it or accident.3
- Repetitive stress on the hip from remaining in one position for long periods, for example, prolonged sitting, standing, or walking.
- Injuries sustained during car accidents falls, or sports can strain the muscles in the hip area, creating pressure on a nerve.
- Sleeping in an improper position can put stress on the nerves in the hip.
- Exercising without stretching and warming up can make the hip muscles tight, putting pressure on the nerves.
Some medical conditions can create pressure and irritate the nerves in the hip. A pinched nerve in the hip is more common in the following situations:1
- If you are pregnant.
- If you are overweight.
- If you have a herniated disk in your spine (this is a bulging of intervertebral disks due to wear and tear or injury – intervertebral disks are shock-absorbing disks between the vertebrae (spine bones).
- If you have a bone spur (a growth off the edge of a bone).
- If you have arthritis in the hip.
Exercise is the key to preventing some of the above-listed conditions. For example, regular stretching and physical activity will improve your joint health and increase your strength and flexibility. Exercising can also help you lose weight if you’re overweight. You can use the Injurymap app to do hip exercises and protect yourself from developing a pinched nerve.
The good news is that pinched nerves often resolve with home remedies and exercises. Here are some stretches and exercises you can do from home.1