Is My Hip Pain Really Caused By My Hip Or My Back?

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Is My Hip Pain Coming From My Hip Or Could It Be From My Back??

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This is an insightful question…It actually is entirely possible that the hip pain you are having is actually being radiated there from your back.  It IS also possible that your hip pain is coming from the hip joint or surrounding muscles and has nothing to do with your lower back.

It can be challenging to determine whether the hip pain is coming from the back or the hip due to the fact that injuries to the hip and the back create similar pain patterns in the hip.  However, despite the fact that this can be challenging, it is not at all impossible.  One of the reasons why this can be challenging is because you can have pressure on one of the discs or nerve roots at the lower back that causes no pain in the lower back, but radiates pain to the hip.  In this case, the hip is painful, but when you touch the muscles around the hip and move the hip joint through it’s range of motion, there is no pain reported by the patient.  So, the hip feels like it is painful but touching it and moving it do not recreate the pain… This is an indication that the hip pain is coming from the lower back.

If the hip is stiff and tight, has lost range of motion and the hip muscles are painful when you touch them, then it is clear that the hip is the source of the pain.  I actually just made this sound easy, however it is sometimes not this “cut and dry” because some patients have issues with their hip AND their back at the same time so the symptoms can overlap with each other.

So, it is vital that you see one of the expert Physical Therapists at Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy so that they can put you through the hip and back special tests that tell them where the pain is coming from.  Getting to the root cause of the pain is vital to addressing and resolving the issue without pills, shots or unnecessary surgery.

Pills and shots may help temporarily, but will not correct the problem long term.  Also, I have seen people have surgery on their back when the cause of the problem was actually the hip and have seen the reverse of this as well.


Option 1:  Call US Today 717-245-0400 to schedule a FREE One On One Private Free Screen So That One of Our Experts Can Listen To You And Tell You The Next Best Step To Resolving Your Pain and Getting Your Life Back!

Option 2:  If You Prefer NOT to come into the clinic due to Covid-19, we can set up a FREE Telehealth Screen with you.  This means that we will speak with you face to face via a computer screen – we’ll listen to what is going on and tell you the next best step to take!  Call Us and Find out how this works!

Call 717-245-0400 to schedule a One on One FREE SCREEN with one of our back pain experts so that they can listen to the issues you are having and tell you how they can best help you.

Call 717-245-0400 to schedule a Free Phone Consultation with one of our Low Back experts if you prefer to chat on the phone vs. face to face so we can listen to the issues you are having and tell you the next best step.

Email me at if you would rather connect that way first to ask me some questions and chat with me about your back issues so I can make recommendations about what to do next.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Steve has been practicing Outpatient, Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the Central Pennsylvania region since 1994. His academic history includes undergraduate work at Central Pennsylvania College and Lock Haven University, graduate studies at the University of Findlay, and pedorthic certification from Temple University. By combining his education and years of experience, Steve has been able to provide individual physical therapy and pedorthic services to his patients for over 15 years. Steve has been to more that 20 continuing education courses during that span, with the focus being on orthopedics, pedorthic implementation, and foot/ankle injuries. He utilizes a combination of McKenzie, manual therapies, and functional exercise in the treatment of clients with all types orthopedic maladies.
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