The relationship between spinal stenosis and hip pain
Although spinal stenosis often causes leg pain, some patients also experience spinal stenosis and hip pain. Hip pain is most commonly experienced by patients who have spinal stenosis in the lumbar section of the spine. Although it does happen, patients with spinal stenosis in the cervical or thoracic sections of the spine are less likely to experience hip pain as a symptom.
What does spinal stenosis-related hip pain feel like?
For some patients, spinal stenosis-related hip pain is mild and occasional. For others, the pain is severe and increases gradually over an extended period of time. It is also possible for the hip pain to extend through the buttocks and the groin or radiate down through the legs.
Generally, spinal stenosis-related hip pain only affects one side of the body. It typically occurs when the space inside the spinal canal and between vertebrae narrows and compresses a nerve root in the lower (lumbar) spine. Nerve roots are structures that branch off the spinal cord on the left and right sides of the spinal column and travel out to provide motor and sensory function to the rest of the body. The pain caused by nerve root compression is often limited to the side of the body served by the nerve root being compressed.
What can help keep spinal stenosis-related hip pain under control?
Depending on the severity of the hip pain, patients may be able to manage it with conservative therapies and small lifestyle changes. For instance, a doctor may suggest the following:
Taking over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen, which can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Undergoing physical therapy, which can strengthen the muscles around the hips while helping stabilize the spine.
Wearing a temporary lumbar brace or corset, which can provide additional support while restricting motions that could make the hip pain worse.
If the hip pain persists after several months of conservative treatment methods, surgical options may be an appropriate next step. USA Spine Care performs minimally invasive spine surgery for the treatment of spinal stenosis that can be performed on an outpatient basis using a less than 1-inch incision. Contact us today to learn more.
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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
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