Herniated Disc Hip Pain

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Herniated Disc Hip Pain

A herniated disc, more commonly referred to as a slipped disc, is one of the leading causes of back pain. Herniated discs may also result in hip and leg pain. A disc is said to be herniated when a lumbar disk ruptures or degeneration causes it to become worn and thin. When the disc thins, the gel-like substance within the disc, referred to as the nucleus pulposus, is pushed out. When the gel touches one of the surrounding nerves it can result in mild to severe pain

Herniated disc hip pain occurs mainly when the lumbar disc affected is the one in the L5-S1 area of the spine. This area of the lumbar spine is at the base, which make it more prone to herniated. This is mainly because the base of the spine is where most of the body weight is felt. Besides pain in the hip, a person may feel low back pain, pain in the buttocks, leg pain and numbness.

Herniated disc hip pain can be debilitating and affect a person’s day to day activities. The hip is particularly prone to pain from a herniated disc due to the role it plays. The hip, which is a joint where the thigh bone (femur) and hip bone meet, together with the legs support all the body weight and gives the body stability and flexibility.

There are a number of causes of herniated disc hip pain. These include poor posture, injury or sitting for long periods of time. These may cause disc herniation and by extension, pain. If the herniated disc presses against the sciatic nerve, the longest and widest nerve in the body, sciatica results.

Herniated disc back pain and herniated disc hip pain can sometimes be confused. This is due to the connection between the spine and the pelvis. A doctor however should be able to determine the exact source of the pain. Sometimes a person will suffer pain in both the back and the hip. However, in most cases, the pain is significant in only one of the two areas.

It is important to distinguish between herniated disc hip pain and other causes of hip pain. This is so the doctor can come up with a correct treatment plan. Hip pain can be caused by other factors such as fractures, sprains, disc diseases, bursitis, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.

To rule out other causes of hip pain, a doctor will listen to the patient’s symptoms, carry out a physical examination and look through the patient’s medical history. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to help come up with a conclusive diagnosis.

A majority of patients experience relief from herniated disc hip pain by using conservative treatments such a physical therapy, rest, adopting better posture, exercise and pain medication. In some cases however, surgery is necessary to alleviate the pain.