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What is the difference between sciatica and just having hip or thigh pain?

What is the difference between sciatica and just having hip or thigh pain?

Hard to tell: However an easy way to tell is if your pain is in the groin region or in the front thigh area where the legs meets the pelvis it could be hip. Otherwise it could be sciatica as well. Recommend seeing a spine/pain specialist that has musculoskeletal training to determine what your problem might be. ...Read more

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Upper Leg Pain (Definition)

Before answering this question, it would be better to define what exactly is meant by the term "upper leg". Orthopaedic surgeons (and others) typically use the term "thigh" to mean the area between the hip and the knee. They use the term "leg" to mean the area between the knee and the ankle. Thus, it is important to specify whether we are discussing pain just below the hip or ...Read more


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Hip pain from injury that won't go away after 5 weeks. Now causing low back pain, inner thigh pain by groin, and buttocks pain. What can I do?

Hip pain from injury that won't go away after 5 weeks. Now causing low back pain, inner thigh pain by groin, and buttocks pain. What can I do?

Sacroiliac ligament: Sounds like you are having referred pain from sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction. Would be good to be evaluated for this by your family doctor. Best treatment is a small injection of anesthesia and steroid into the specific area of the SI ligament. Depending on injury, could also be a hop labral tear that can give same symptoms. You need to be evaluated in person. ...Read more

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Hip labral debridement 2 weeks ago - still have groin pain, but now a bad ache, thigh pain and low back pain also - is this normal? Not on crutches

Hip labral debridement 2 weeks ago - still have groin pain, but now a bad ache, thigh pain and low back pain also - is this normal? Not on crutches

Possible: I would not be surprised if you continued to have these symptoms just 2 weeks after this procedure. However, you really should check with the orthopedist who did the procedure to determine what the typical recovery period should be and what you should expect. ...Read more

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Thigh hurts when i move it/walkhad sciatica thought got better.Get waves of pain at bottom spine/hip.Cant think of anything that physically caused it.

Thigh hurts when i move it/walkhad sciatica thought got better.Get waves of pain at bottom spine/hip.Cant think of anything that physically caused it.

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Does sciatica also cause thigh cramps and hip pain?

Possible: Especially if you have involvement of L-3,4 root level, these problems can appear. ...Read more

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How can you tell if sciatica is getting worse i am in pain my hip bothers me right leg weaker inner thigh numb and thigh numb?

How can you tell if sciatica is getting worse i am in pain my hip bothers me right leg weaker inner thigh numb and thigh numb?

Sciatica: Sometimes it is difficult to determine if the pain is coming from the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, or the hip. An MRI of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hips and an examination by a spine or hip specialist will tell you where the pain originates. Anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, neuropathic pain medicine, and physical therapy can help to eliminate the pain ...Read more

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Hamstring, lower back, inner thigh pain, & and pain right above foot. Compartment Syndrome or Sciatica issue?

Hamstring, lower back, inner thigh pain, & and pain right above foot. Compartment Syndrome or Sciatica issue?

Comprehensiveness: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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I have sciatica or something, hip pain going down side of thigh into shin and foot. Months of pain. Chiropractor no help.Can I fix this?

Radiculopathy: I understand your distress. You deserve Relief from pain. See an Orthopedic Physician, have all Radiological studies done to establish Diagnosis After that discuss • Medication • Physical TherapyPain management • Therapy for stress of pain and decreased functioning ...Read more

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I have sciatica nerve pain in my lower back my thigh is numb and my hip is really bothering me and my right leg is weak and my butt on the right side?

I have sciatica nerve pain in my lower back my thigh is numb and my hip is really bothering me and my right leg is weak and my butt on the right side?

Stretch/Rest: Most likely you have some version of sciatica. Sciatica is a symptom from a pinched nerve in your back. What nerve is it? No one knows unless imaging is done. This is typically done after conservative care is exhausted. Rest, stretching, learning core strengthening exercises and using nsaids to help are the best ways to help back pain. If it persists see your doctor for other options. ...Read more

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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


Thigh Pain (Definition)

The thigh is the upper part of your lower extremity between your hip and knee. Any pain within this region could be considered thigh pain. Possible diagnosis include fractures, stress fractures, muscle contusions or strains, referred pain from the back and hip to ...Read more