How do symptoms of hip problems and sciatica differ?

Brian Yee
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Typically hip pain is localized around the hip itself where sciatica can present itself in the back, hip and further down the leg. Sciatica can be aggravated by bending forwards / backwards or by raising the leg similar to a straight leg hamstring stretch. Hip pain is aggravated with specific hip movements that do not involve back movement.

Many times hip problems and sciatica co-exist with each other. Pirformis syndrome can cause sciatic nerve pain as the nerve can course under or through the muscle in the hip.
It is recommended that the patient see a qualified health practitioner to differentially diagnose pain between the hip, spine, or sciatic nerve as outcomes in rehabilitation are significantly better when the practitioner is able to determine where the pain is coming from.

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