Nerve-related Hip Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Are you or someone you know suffering from hip pain? It could be nerve-related. But don’t worry. In this article, we’ll look closer at what nerve-related hip pain is, what causes it, and what you can do to find relief.

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What is Nerve-related Hip Pain?

Nerve-related hip pain is a type of pain that is caused by damage or compression of nerves in the hip area. This pain can be felt in the hip, lower back, or legs.

The symptoms can range from severe pain that may shoot down the leg to a deep achy pain that keeps you awake at night. Nerve pain can be caused by various factors, including injury, age-related changes, or underlying health conditions.

Types of Nerve-related Hip Pain

There are several types of nerve-related hip pain, including:


Have you felt pain, numbness, or tingling down your lower back, hips, and legs? If so, it could be sciatica! This condition happens when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the legs, gets irritated or compressed.

The sciatic nerve is very large, and compression of this nerve can either stem from the nerve roots in the lumbar spine or tightness in the muscles of the hip region. 

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve happens when a nerve is compressed by surrounding tissues, like bones, muscles, or tendons. This can lead to pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area.

Common nerves to be irritated or compressed are:

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome happens when the piriformis muscle in the buttocks compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain in the hips, buttocks, and legs.

It’s important to identify the type of nerve-related hip pain you’re experiencing, as this can determine the best course of treatment. So, if you’re still feeling pain, don’t hesitate to talk to a medical professional! They’ll be able to help you find relief.

Causes of Nerve-related Hip Pain

  1. Age-related Changes: 

    As we get older, our bodies naturally go through changes. This includes changes in the bones, muscles, and other tissues that can lead to nerve compression and hip pain. According to Mayo Clinic, age-related changes can cause several conditions, including sciatica, a common cause of hip pain.

    So, if you’re experiencing hip pain and getting up there in age, age-related changes could be the culprit! But don’t worry. There are plenty of treatments available to help manage your symptoms.

  2. Injuries: Injuries like falls or sports injuries can cause nerve-related hip pain.
  3. Health Conditions:

    Certain health conditions can also lead to nerve-related hip pain. According to Healthline, some of the most common causes include herniated discs, arthritis, muscle strain, and a bone spur.

    So, if you’re experiencing hip pain and have any health conditions, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a healthcare professional. With the right treatment, you can find relief from your symptoms!

  4. Repetitive Strain Injuries: Repetitive strain injuries, such as those caused by running or jumping, can cause nerve-related hip pain. This is commonly due to adaptive changes in the body that lead to pressure being applied to the nerves in the hip. 

Symptoms of Nerve-related Hip Pain

The following are some of the symptoms of nerve-related hip pain:

  1. Pain in the hip, lower back, or legs.
  2. Tingling or numbness in the affected area.
  3. Weakness in the affected area.
  4. Difficulty walking or standing.

Treatment Options for Nerve-related Hip Pain

The following are some of the most common treatment options for nerve-related hip pain:

  1. Physical Therapy:
    Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles and improve the range of motion, which can help to reduce pain and improve function.
  2. Osteopathic Treatment:

    Osteopathic treatment is another option for those suffering from nerve-related hip pain. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, osteopathic treatment involves using manual manipulation to improve the function of the body’s musculoskeletal system. This can help to alleviate pain and improve mobility in the hips.

    If you’re interested in exploring osteopathic treatment for your hip pain, it’s important to consult with a licensed osteopathic physician. They can assess your symptoms and develop a customized treatment plan for you!

  3. Acupuncture:

    Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that can help to reduce pain and improve function in people with nerve-related hip pain. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, several studies and analyses suggest acupuncture may help reduce pain and improve hip function.

  4. Medication:

    Taking over-the-counter or prescription medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Anticonvulsants, can help to reduce pain and inflammation caused by nerve-related hip pain.

  5. Lifestyle Changes:

    Changing one’s lifestyle, like losing weight, avoiding activities that stress the hips, and maintaining good posture, can help reduce pain and improve function.

  6. Surgical Treatment:

    In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat nerve-related hip pain. This can include procedures like nerve decompression, spinal fusion, and hip replacement surgery.

A study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that manual therapy, such as osteopathy and exercise, effectively treats hip pain caused by nerve problems.

So, if you’re seeking ways to alleviate your hip pain, know that physical therapy and exercise are effective options. And don’t forget, as always, to consult with your doctor or healthcare professional before starting any new treatment program!

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Prevention of Nerve-related Hip Pain

Preventing nerve-related hip pain is possible! Here are some tips:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Keeping a healthy weight takes stress off the hips and lower back.
  2. Exercise Regularly: Regular physical activity, like walking, swimming, or cycling, can strengthen the muscles and improve the range of motion, preventing nerve-related hip pain.
  3. Maintain Good Posture: Good posture reduces hip and lower back stress. Try to maintain good posture when both sedentary and active.
  4. Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries: Steer clear of activities that put repetitive strain on the hips, such as running or jumping, to prevent nerve-related hip pain.
  5. Take Breaks During Long Periods of Standing or Sitting: Regular breaks and stretching can help prevent nerve compression and reduce the risk of nerve-related hip pain.


Nerve-related hip pain can be a painful and debilitating condition, but there are options for relief. Whether it’s physical therapy, osteopathic care, acupuncture, medication, lifestyle changes, or even surgery, there’s something that can help. And with a few simple changes to your lifestyle and habits, you can reduce the risk of developing nerve-related hip pain in the first place.

If you’re experiencing hip pain, don’t suffer in silence. Talk to a healthcare professional about the best treatment options for you. They’ll be able to help you get back to doing what you love pain-free!

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