Pinched nerve symptoms in the hip occur when nerves are injured or damaged as a result of direct pressure and the nerves aren’t able to carry and transmit the proper signals to the body. There are many potential causes of a pinched nerve, depending on where the nerve is located.
A pinched nerve in the hip is often caused by a bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, arthritis, or spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal column becomes very narrow and nerves are not able to pass through it comfortably. A pinched nerve in the buttocks or lower back can press on the sciatic nerve, which leads to sciatica.
Symptoms of a pinched nerve in the hip
Inflammation around the nerve can be a result of bruises, cuts or other conditions like swelling of the limbs which sometimes happens during pregnancy. A history of similar conditions or genetics can increase your chances of developing a pinched nerve. Symptoms of a pinched nerve in your hip will depend on which of the nerves are affected. Every nerve has the job of transmitting information to or from various points in the body. The symptoms of a pinched nerve people experience most frequently are:
-Weakness of the muscles in the nerve path
A pinched nerve in the hip may feel as though that part of your body has “fallen asleep.” You may feel symptoms at the site of the pinched nerve, as well as in your extremities. Physicians can often identify which nerve in your hip or lower back is pinched due to which arm or leg is affected.
Treatments for hip pinched nerve symptoms
Rest and ice are effective treatments for a pinched nerve in the hip. If your nerve is pinched in the arms, known as cubital or carpal tunnel syndrome, your doctor may recommend that you wear a brace for a short time. The brace will restrict the movement in your arm or hand, which allows for quick recovery. Braces also prevent further damage to the nerves and parts of the body in the brace. A brace used for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome covers the wrist and expands going backwards. This keeps the median nerve from incurring any more damage when the patient bends the wrist forward. A brace used for individuals with cubital tunnel syndrome is place on the elbow and keeps the elbow from overextending the ulnar nerve while the arm is healing.
A number of prescription medications can be used to treat the “sandwiched” nerve. Medications that have anti-inflammatory properties like ibuprofen or naproxen reduces the swelling around the affected nerves. Patients may also want to try medicines that are specifically formulated for nerve pain, like Lyrica and Neurontin.
If the pinched nerve in your hip does not improve using the above treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery. An operation may also be the best treatment if you are experiencing muscle or nerve weakness in other parts of your body, or if you have to use a urinary bag or have lost control of your large intestine due to nerve damage, which is known as Cauda Equina Syndrome. These are all indications of severe nerve damage. An operation to treat a pinched nerve depends on the nerve’s location. If the wrist is the location of the pinched nerve (this is carpal tunnel syndrome) or the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome), the doctor will loosen the tissues surrounding the nerve at the elbow or wrist to relieve the pressure on the nerve tissue.