Pinched Nerve in Hip

Pinched Nerve in Hip

A pinched nerve in the hip can cause sharp, searing, or burning pain through the hip, thigh, and groin, as well as, dull aching pain in the hip and buttocks. In addition, there may be the sensation of pins and needles or numbness through the hip and down the leg that may be accompanied by weakness or loss of movement.


A pinched nerve may be caused by a minor incident or a major event like sleeping in a bad position or an accident, respectively. There are several more common causes including:

  • repetitive stress on hips, back, and joints (walking, standing or sitting for long periods)
  • falls, auto accidents, and sports injuries (cause muscles and joints to change alignment)
  • sleeping in a position that stresses hips and back
  • hip flexors that are too tight (not stretching before exercising)


A trapped or pinched nerve can be painful and lead to decreased activity. A pinched or compressed nerve is hampered in its ability to send and receive signals from the brain. Nerves send pain messages and indicate something is wrong. Radiculopathy is when nerves become pinched by tendons, ligaments, and bone and nerve signals become aggravated, emphasized, or interrupted by pressure, irritation and rubbing.

Nerves send pain messages and indicate something is wrong

A pinched nerve can also be a sign of sciatica when the nerve from the lower back becomes compressed by muscles or a displaced bone.


Examples of causes of a pinched nerve include:

  • bone spurs
  • pregnancy
  • herniated disk
  • arthritis
  • obesity
  • vigorous exercise or activity


There are several ways to relieve discomfort from a minor pinched nerve including:

  • rest
  • over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen
  • heat and ice applications
  • gentle stretching
  • wearing comfortable shoes
  • avoid putting strain on the affected hip
  • yoga


When hip pain lasts more than a few days or worsens, it is time to seek medical assistance. A severe pinched nerve can cause scarring or permanent damage if not treated. A doctor recommended treatments are:

  • physical therapy
  • steroid injections
  • oral steroids


If pain continues after these treatments over a few weeks or months surgery may become an option to reduce the pressure on the affected nerve. The surgery done will be dependent on where the affected nerve is located.


On occasion damage from a pinched nerve is not reversible. The sooner treatment is sought the better the outcome.

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