The hip is part of the pelvic region of the body, which can also be referred to as the bony pelvis. It mainly comprises the hip bones, the iliac crest, sacrum and coccyx. Along with it, other structures such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, soft tissues, nerve endings, and blood vessels are present, to name but a few.
Most often, pain that occurs in this region is due to a problem that is linked to either the bony or muscular tissue.
Experiencing hip pain at night can be a hindrance as it can either wake you up, or even prevent you from falling asleep in the first place.
Most cases of hip pain that happen during this time of the day are not caused by something serious, and often go away on their own, unless there is a deeper underlying issue with the hip joint or other structures in that region of the body.
However, if the pain persists, or even worsens, it is recommended that you seek medical advice to have the issue checked by a specialist, who will provide you with a diagnosis as well as a treatment/management plan for your symptoms. In a high number of cases, surgery is not necessary and can be avoided. Further down below you can find several tips on how to address this condition if it occurs at night.
Some of the most common causes of hip pain can be caused by sleeping on your side in an uncomfortable position that places increased pressure on the hips. Other causes for the pain manifesting at this time of the day include:
- Various types of arthritis can cause pain in this region, but the most common one is hip osteoarthritis.
- Hip tendonitis. When a tendon in this part of the body becomes inflamed, it can lead to local pain.
- Hip bursitis. The bursae are small sacs filled with liquid that reside close to one’s joints. Sometimes they can become inflamed and lead to pain.
- An infection of the bone tissue in the hip region.
- An injury to the hip or nearby regions, which is often accompanied by limited range of motion in the hips, legs, or lower back
- Referred pain from other parts of the body, such as the legs, can be felt in the hips. Sometimes an issue with the muscles, bones or other structures of the legs can lead to pain that is not felt locally, but rather occurs close to the affected area.
- Pain in your groin can sometimes be mistaken as hip pain due to their proximity in relation to one another. It is best to determine whether the pain you feel originates in your groin or hip, as treatment and management options can differ.
- Overexertion of the structures that comprise the hip or those that are close to it. Engaging in high intensity activities can strain your muscles, leading to pain.
- In more extreme cases, a hip fracture may be to blame. Symptoms of a hip fracture include sudden onset of pain, that worsens when you place weight on the affected region.
Treatment and Management Options
Some of the causes of hip pain, such as osteoarthritis cannot be completely cured, but their symptoms can be managed, oftentimes through simple lifestyle adjustments. Sometimes this involves taking action during the day, even when pain is not present.
Changes that can be made to relieve hip pain at night include:
- Adjusting your sleeping position. Try sleeping on your back if you can, to avoid placing your weight on one or both of the affected hips.
- Place a pillow under your knees, or even in-between them if you’re a side sleeper and don’t feel comfortable switching your sleeping position. You can use either a pillow or a blanket that is thick enough to allow your knees not to rub against one another and feel the bone.
- Taking anti-inflammatory drugs before bedtime to allow them to work by the time you have to fall asleep. However, it must be noted that these do not provide long term pain relief and are not a solution that works long term as they can cause a series of side effects that can be damaging in the long run.
- Take a warm bath in the evening, but not too close to bedtime, to soothe any possible inflammation in the hips.
- Maintain a healthy weight or engage in a weight loss journey to relieve unnecessary pressure on your hips caused by excessive weight.
- Exercise to build up weak muscles that may be affecting your hip pain. However, it is best to start with low impact exercises, especially if your hip pain is present not only at night, but also throughout the day.
- Ensure that you wear comfortable shoes throughout the day, so that your hips do not have to absorb the shock from walking on hard surfaces
- Try physical therapy to re-mobilise this part of the body, if there is any stiffness present along with the pain
- Alternatively, use a spinal decompression device, such as the Backrack, to get long-term pain relief and also prevent it from recurring
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