Hip Pain: Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint. Hip pain can sometimes be caused by diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back.
Very often most people will not think of their lower back being the cause of their pain instead focusing on the hip. The nerves that exit the spine at L5, L4, L3 innervate the hip and groin area. Many times, there may be no back pain associated with the hip pain making the person think the condition is only in the hip. Irritation to the nerve roots can refer pain to the hip, groin and leg. A thorough examination including x-rays are required to diagnose the cause of the hip pain. If you are having hip, groin or leg pain call my office 401-433-3600.