Do you suffer from hip pain that radiates down the leg? This type of hip pain can be frustrating, interfere with your ability to do daily activities and impacting your quality of life. The causes of this type of pain are not always obvious so you might be surprised by what causes this type of pain.
Learning about these conditions can help you know when to seek medical treatment for your hip pain. Read on to learn about 5 injuries that might be causing pain that radiates down your leg and when to see a physician.
Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs, becomes compressed or irritated. This can cause pain that radiates down the leg from the hip.
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A herniated disc in the lower back can also cause pain that radiates down the leg from the hip. This occurs when the soft, jelly-like center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the outer layer, irritating nearby nerves.
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle (which runs from the hip to the back of the thigh) becomes tight or spasms. This compresses the sciatic nerve and causes pain that radiates down the leg.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the hip joint. As the joint deteriorates, it can cause pain that radiates down your leg.
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A hip fracture can cause severe hip pain that radiates down your leg. This condition is especially common in older adults even after a non-traumatic fall.
What do I do if I have hip pain that radiates down my leg?
If you’re experiencing hip pain that radiates down the leg, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment plan. With the right treatment, you can manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Kevin Mangum at Primary Health Care is a board certified sports medicine and non operative orthopedic physician who can help you with your hip and leg pain. Call (801) 758-8735 for an appointment today.