• Lois Helm Lois Helm
    July 23, 2008
    Sudden pain in the hip joint?
    Lois Helm Lois Helm
    July 23, 2008

    I have pain in my hip. The doctor says the hip is fine, but the longer I stand, the worse the pain is.  Using a tens machine relieves the pain temporarily, but then it is back again. The chiropracter says it is coming from the sacroiliac joint. I am desperate for some relief. Can you help?

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    July 24, 2008
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    July 24, 2008

    Someone may complain about "hip" pain when the pain is actually located in the buttock or trochanter (big bone on the side of the hip/pelvis). True hip joint pain is usually felt in the groin. Assuming that the hip joint is "fine" in this case, then the low back or sacroiliac joint are both possible areas that are causing the buttock pain which is worse with standing.

    The key to standing comfortably is adjusting the standing position. Try placing one foot on a foot stool or rest. This draws a knee closer to the chest and can ease pressure on the back. Another trick to standing is bending the knees slightly (soft knees) and turning the feet out (like a duck). This places your body in a very well supported postition and gives the low back some needed stability. Don't forget to tighten your tummy while standing because these muscles help to support the back like a brace. Last but not least, whenever possible place a hand on something (chair, countertop...) for extra support.

    Improving posture, positioning, and support will bring relief to this "hip" pain.

    Here are some links that might be helpful for you as you're dealing with this:

    Sciatica – An Overview

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

     

     


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