Mohini Rawat PT PC

Am I having hip or back pain?

by Dr. Mohini Rawat

by Dr. Mohini Rawat

President & Founder of Mohini Rawat Physical Therapy, PC

Hip and Low back pain can be confusing

After the common cold, hip and back pain are the most common reasons for missed work.
When you suffer from hip or lower back pain, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. As the hip and lumbopelvic regions are close together, hip pain can mimic back pain or back pain can mimic hip pain. Identifying the problem’s source is essential for receiving the right treatment.

Weak hip muscles can contribute to low back pain

Weak hip muscles alter the mechanics of the low back, causing stress to be transferred to the soft tissue of the spine and resulting in injury.

How to tell if hip is the source of pain?

The presence of pain in the groin region is a common sign that the source of pain is coming from the hip. Hip joint is directly beneath the groin region and this pain can sometimes travel to the knee. With a detailed evaluation, your healthcare provider can identify the cause of the pain and direct you toward treatment.

How to tell if back is the source of pain?

The pain that starts above the waistline and travels down the hip or leg is usually coming from the back. The pain usually travels from the back of the hip to the side of the thigh and lower leg. When nerves are irritated, you may feel numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs. With a detailed evaluation, your healthcare provider can identify the cause of the pain and direct you toward treatment.

Early and correct diagnosis is the key

As you can see, finding the source of your pain is crucial to successful treatment. The sooner we figure this out, the sooner we can fix those faulty altered mechanics causing stress in soft tissue of hip or spine.

You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience numbness, tingling, leg weakness, loss of bowel or bladder function, or other serious symptoms.

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