What causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain can be a symptom of a variety of problems. For older people, one of the most common causes is osteoarthritis, or the wearing down of cartilage between the thigh bone and the hip socket. Osteoarthritis typically triggers hip pain that radiates down the front of the thigh or into the groin. Bursitis, or inflammation that affects the outer surface of the hip joint, is another potential cause of hip pain. Groin strain, hamstring strain, hip flexor strain, and IT band syndrome are a few movement or exercise related problems that can lead to hip pain.
Can Hip Pain start in the lower back?
Just as shoulder pain can indicate a neck problem, and neck pain can originate in the lower back, your hips are affected by other areas of your body. A strained lower back can cause hip strain and pain, because weak core muscles don’t lend enough support to the hips. Lower back strains may come from overuse or by movements that irritate or pull the muscles that support your spine. Disc problems in your lower back can also lead to hip pain. Discs, which separate and cushion your vertebrae, become more fragile and likely to rupture with age. Pain from a ruptured disc can radiate down into your hip through your sciatic nerve.