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What is sciatica hip pain?



The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, originating from the back of the pelvis to the feet. Any pain from the sciatic nerve that is experienced in the hip region is known as sciatica hip pain. Physiotherapy can effectively treat sciatica hip pain.


How does sciatica hip pain happen?



If the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, this can cause symptoms to be referred down into the hip area. Potential causes of sciatica hip pain include:
  • A slipped disc
  • Spondylosis (osteoarthritis of the spine)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Trauma
  • Infection

What are the symptoms of sciatica hip pain?



People can be affected by sciatica hip pain in many different ways. Some of the most common symptoms are pain, pins and needles and numbness in the hip area. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have sciatica hip pain?



If you recognise any of the symptoms of sciatica hip pain, it is important that you receive a professional opinion as soon as possible. This may involve having various tests including an X-ray or MRI scan. When an accurate diagnosis has been confirmed, you should then see a physiotherapist to begin a tailored rehabilitation programme.


Physiotherapy treatment for sciatica hip pain.



Physiotherapy for sciatica hip pain will depend on your symptoms and goals of treatment. Potential physiotherapy treatment includes:

What shouldn’t I do if I have sciatica hip pain?



Do not ignore your symptoms or attempt to treat the condition yourself as this may cause more damage and delay your recovery.


Could there be any long-term effects from sciatica hip pain?



Sciatica hip pain can either be acute lasting up to six weeks or chronic which can persist for longer than six weeks. Physiotherapy is an effective way of treating both types of sciatica hip pain and will reduce the risk of long-term complications.

To arrange a physiotherapy assessment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.


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