What Causes Hip Pain That Radiates Down the Leg?

An irritation of certain lumbar or sacral nerve roots can result in hip pain radiating down the leg to the front, back, or side, also known as sciatica. Sprains, tears, or strains of the muscles in the lower back, buttocks, pelvis, or thighs can result in joint injuries. Hip, lumbar spine, and knee pain are common symptoms of arthritis in the lower body. An abnormal snap, pop, or clicking sound occurs when a muscle or tendon slides over a bony protrusion located at the top of the thigh bone (femur). Direct pressure on the hip side may result in increased pain due to this condition. As well as spreading down the side of the thigh, it may also appear on the back. Nerves from the back of the hip may occasionally cause hip pain to radiate down the leg. A musculoskeletal disorder such as piriformis syndrome or sacroiliac joint dysfunction could also cause sciatica pain.

If so, you may be suffering from hip flexor pain. The hip flexors are a group of muscles located in the front of the hip joint that allow for movement and flexibility. When these muscles become strained or injured, they can cause pain that extends down the leg. This type of pain is often described as a sharp or shooting sensation and can make it difficult to walk or engage in daily activities.

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