Nerve related sudden hip pain
Sharp, shooting pains are common with nerve injury or nerve entrapments around the hip or in the lumbar spine (lower back).
Sharp hip pain from peripheral nerves
Peripheral nerves (nerves outside the spine) that supply or run through the hip and buttock may become painful from too much stretch, compression or friction along their pathways. This may happen where they run through or between muscles, over bones or through tunnels.
Normal movement of nerves can also sometimes become restricted in scar tissue related to a previous injury or surgery.
Location of nerve pain at the hip
Sharp pain related to a peripheral nerve will generally be felt in the area of nerve injury or entrapment. Pain may shoot from this point along the line of the nerve, or into the area of skin served by the nerve. Check the graphic below for areas of peripheral nerve supply around the hip.
You can find detailed images of the nerves and the area of skin they supply here.
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This blog was written by Dr Alison Grimaldi and Kirsty McNab, physiotherapists who have over 50 years of combined professional clinical experience, dealing with patients suffering from a wide range of hip and pelvic conditions.
Dr. Alison Grimaldi BPhty, MPhty(Sports), PhD is Practice Principal of Physiotec Physiotherapy, an Australian Sports Physiotherapist and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, author and global educator.
Kirsty McNab BSc Hons, MPhty(Sports), is Practice Principal of Physiologix and a highly experienced Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist having worked extensively with elite athletes, the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, and Tennis Australia.
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