Hip-related nerve pain — causes and treatment options

In addition to problems that affect the region itself, the hip is a common site for nerve pain to develop resulting from a degenerative spine condition. This is because of the hip’s proximity to the sciatic nerve, which originates in the lumbosacral (lower) spinal region and is the largest and widest nerve in the body.

If you are dealing with nerve-related hip pain and are unsure of the cause, it can be helpful to learn about the full range of potential causes, including spine conditions. By having a better understanding of your pain and symptoms you can be more engaged with the diagnosis and treatment process and give yourself a better chance of finding lasting relief.

Other causes of hip nerve pain

In addition to conditions in the hip, such as a strained piriformis muscle or arthritis, that can cause nerve pain, the following spine conditions can constrict the sciatic nerve and potentially cause hip pain:

  • Spinal arthritis — degeneration of facet joints, where vertebrae meet and hinge
  • Osteophytes — bone spurs caused by spinal osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging disc — protrusion of a section of the outer wall of a disc beyond its normal boundary
  • Herniated disc — extrusion of the gel-like nucleus material of a disc through a tear or crack in the disc’s outer wall
  • Spondylolisthesis — slippage of one vertebra over another, which can be caused by traumatic injury or degeneration

Treating hip nerve pain

The symptoms associated with sciatica, including debilitating hip pain, can often be managed using pain medication, exercise, stretching and other conservative treatment methods. However, if chronic hip nerve pain continues after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, surgery may become an option. If your doctor recommends spine surgery to help treat your hip nerve pain, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

One of the reasons our minimally invasive spine surgery offers a lower risk of complication and shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine procedures is through the use of muscle-sparing techniques. To learn more about the minimally invasive spine procedures we offer, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We can review your MRI or CT scan at no cost* to help you find out if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.