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Hip joint pain only, can it be caused by herniated disc?

Started by DapperYapper on 02/16/2017 11:37am

I am 52 year old farm boy...very active, lift weights almost every day, not obese, but a big guy at 6'4". I have never had a back issue in my life, but recently I started having very sharp pain in my right hip when walking. The pain is deep in the joint and very intense. If I sit, lie down, or even just stand, the pain will subside...it is only when walking and does not radiate anywhere. No numbness or tingling, just enough pain that it will stop me in my tracks. I went to an orthopedic surgeon, did an MRI on the hip, and was told there was some arthritis in the hip. They did a topical steroid injection (and therapy)that lasted for a couple of days, and then when the pain returned I did a deep injection into the joint and that provided relief for about 3 weeks. Since the pain returned once again, we did an MRI on the lower back and I received a call today telling me I have a couple herniated disks, and that was what was probably causing the pain. So based on what I have read, I understand a herniated disc can put pressure on a nerve and cause pain in the hip, but I also don't have any other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain radiating, etc. Just a relay bad stabbing pain when I walk. I can lift weights all day and it doesn't bother me until I take off walking on the treadmill or elliptical. Does this sound like a plausible diagnosis? Has anyone tried inversion therapy in these type of circumstances? Just wondering how well it might work.

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Hi, DapperYapper--thanks for sharing your experience. Your diagnosis sounds legitimate. Not everyone who has a herniated disc experiences neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness. The spectrum of symptoms for herniated disc is quite wide.

You mention inversion therapy as a possible treatment. Have you checked out our article on the subject? ( Turning Back Pain and Sciatica Upside Down ) We hope it offers some insight into this approach.

We hope inversion therapy, or any treatment you pursue, is successful and allows you to maintain your active lifestyle!