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Hip Pain at Night.

When suffering from hip pain at night - first determine the cause of your hip pain. Then, eliminate the cause and there is around an 80% chance that you will then be ok.





Just recently, I suffered a poor nightÂ’s sleep due to severe right hip pain. Now, I frequently see clients who have this complaint at my clinic - but suffering it myself has inspired me to explain both why it happens, and what you need to do to get rid of it!

Regarding my own episode, the interesting thing was that - within minutes of getting out of bed my hip pain was disappearing! By 11 a.m. I had no hip pain at all - but I wondered would it return again that night?

The answer was no - it did not! But only because I know what to do to prevent it from re-occurring night after night. If you are suffering from hip pain at night, you need to determine cause of your hip pain (get the help of a physiotherapist), eliminate the cause and there is around an 80% chance that you will then be ok.

Hip pain at night is common. However, if you have hip pain at night AND during the day then you may need to read further than just this article. If you are suffering with hip pain at night only, I hope the following words will help you greatly!


Firstly, let's look at the common causes of hip pain at night. After that we will look at the treatments and solutions required to reduce the chances of your hip pain from re-occurring.



So, what are the causes of hip pain at night?
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  1. Poor mattresses. Often cause hip pain at night. This is a very common cause of hip pain in patients who sleep on their side, or on a mattress that is either too hard or too soft for their posture type. If your spine and hips are not supported correctly as you sleep they will become strained and painful. Often, when you change position your hip pain will disappear.

    If this is your complaint, try sleeping in another bed and see if it eases your hip pain. Despite what you see advertised, there is no mattress available that will suit all back types and postures. Seek professional help regarding your posture type, and the mattress required to support your posture, before you open your cheque book! I recently had a client who spent 3000 euro on a bed and I told her it was the cause of her back and hip pain! As you can imagine, my diagnosis was not very popular!


  2. Stiff lower back: If your lower back is stiff, then excess strain may be placed on your hip joint at night while in certain positions. Correcting the internal movement in your lower back with the help of a therapist will resolve your hip pain fully.


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  4. Osteoarthritis: Is where there is wear and tear in your hip joint. If aggravated it becomes inflamed and inflammation pain is often worse at night. Reducing the inflammation is the key with arthritis hip pain. Use stretching exercises alone (as guided by your physiotherapist), or with anti-inflammatory medication when your pain is severe.


  5. Tight muscles: Around your hip and lower back can result in excess strain being placed on your hip in certain lying positions. Stretching these muscles will help your hip pain at night to disappear.


  6. Bowel problems: Can refer pain into the hip area. So if you are having bowel problems with or without night time hip pain, seek immediate medical advice.



Now, you may ask what is the correct treatment for hip pain at night? The answer is simple. As with all pain, identifying the cause and eliminating it is the key to a quick resolution of your hip pain at night. If your own assessment fails you, go look for advice from a physiotherapist. Do not ignore ongoing night pain of any description, as it can be caused by more serious pathologies requiring urgent medical attention.


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