Hi, I am a 19 year old female who has been experiencing a "popping" in my hips for 2 or 3 years. It started out with just a little pain in my hip once in a while when I would walk, usually a sharp pinching pain in my right hip as I stepped forward with my left leg. Usually the pain would stop if I would sit down and twist my hip to the side and cause it to pop. The hip literally felt "stuck." The popping has never caused any pain although lately I have been experiencing pain in my hip and the lowest part of my back on either side of my spine. The pain is not severe but it has me concerned because I am so young and should not be experiencing this. Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed the popping happening more often (several times a day) and the dull pain lasting longer. At times the pain runs down my right leg into my knee if I walk for long periods of time or sit for very long (especially in vehicles). Should I be concerned about this pain and popping??
Fran, Thank you. The pain that goes down my leg is hard to describe because it's almost like a mix of pains. It's like a burning, stiffening, numbness. And at time when I am sitting down I will get a very similar pain in my thigh and it feels like my leg needs to be stretched out and propped up. Although I have done that and it doesn't help.
I haven't paid much attention to what decreases the pain but I do tend to lean forward much more when I am reading because it is more comfortable for my back. The pain in my hips is worse at night when I lay down and tends to go away when I pull my knees up into the fetal position. However, if I remain like that for very long my hips become stiff and when I straighten them out they pop and at times the popping hurts. That popping is also different from the popping that happens throughout the day. It is a "deeper" popping, it feels as if it is the entire hip joint. I'm sorry I'm not much good at describing this...
Hi, another possible cause of what you are experiencing could be sacroiliac dysfunction. If your SI joint is malaligned because of hypermobility, this can casue the hip to be out of alignment as well as the lower back. The pain in your lower back could be signs of spinal dysfunction. The pain down your leg is called sciatica and can originate from the hips, SI joint, and lower back. The likely hood that you have spinal stenosis at 19 is rare. Did you have any traumatic experiences such as a fall or twisting of your hip? Were you born with congenital hip dysplasia (dislocation at the hips)? You also could have experienced a labral tear (cartilage around the hip joint). I would also consider asking your Dr about physical therpay. I have seen many patients with similar symptoms and have eliminated their pain. I hope everything goes well and if surgery is an option the Dr proposes... always get a second opinion!
you have received some excellent advice from both fran and physicaltherapist.
the symptoms of the sciatica sound like nerve pressure in the spine around the L3 vertebrae. i have trouble there too and get pain in thighs and knees.
its sometimes difficult to differentiate between hip and back trouble. symptoms can be very similar. make sure the surgeon studies both areas to get a correct diagnosis.
my guess is that your surgeon will recommend physical therapy with the hope it will ease your discomfort...
best of luck to you and let us know what the surgeon finds....pete
I just crunched/popped my lumbar and although I hope my MRI does not show it to be a broken back, you are very uch describing some of my symptoms. I thank all the posters for their ideas as I will ask my spine Dr about this.
Please go see an spine specialist. Get more than one opinion. If you do PT and it causes any added pain tell your Dr right away. Most people benifit from PT if it is tried but, some of us it does not help. With you being so young, *IDJ+K about any prior trama to you) I am concerned about what could be happening. You may be pressing on a nerve or nerve bundle. Many things could be the cause just as there are many treatments. Let us know what spine Dr. says after he has done an MRI. Include the hip and leg in evaluating. heck back. Let me know, you might just help me in finding more on my problem. Although I am having my own tests done. Good luck, email me if you want to.
Good luck best wishes,
I'm going through the same thing, almost exact, weird
Thank so much for posting this because i have the same problem soo similar!!! Especially when I get out of the car my left hip hurts bad. and when i step it sends a pain down my leg and up my hip and im usually limping for a few minutes and then it goes away. I also have a sort of sway back where my lower back goes inward and when i lie flat on the floor there is a distant between my back and the floor I dont know if this has anything to do with it. but when you like "booty dance" and pull your hips forward does it pop like every single time? and i even have the same problem with my knees they feel like i need to pop them all the time. Did you knee popping start out first? thats what started out first for me. thanks please let me know
I am also 19. I turned 19 this past march.