Hip Pain at Night: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Nigh-time hip pain is more than just an inconvenience and discomfort; it impacts the restorative properties of sleep, which are crucial to sustaining both physical and mental health and wellness.  Hip and leg pain can cause strain on joints  and cause discomfort in other areas of your body like the knee, thigh, and below the hip.  

Hip pain may result from sitting in a chair for long periods of time, lifting heavy weights, or an actual hip injury. Lateral hip pain is the broad term used to describe pain felt on the outer side of the hip. Pain can begin suddenly or develop gradually over time. Many people experience hip pain at night. 

Hip pain is more common in women than men and is most prevalent in women aged 40–60 years. It is mainly caused by injury or overuse, although there are some other causes.  

In this article, we take a look at these causes, along with available treatment options and tips for preventing hip pain at night. 

What are the Causes of Hip Pain at Night? 

  • Bursitis 
  • Hip tendonitis 
  • Hip osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis 
  • Sciatic-piriformis syndrome 

When the synovial fluid in the bone decreases because of a lack of proper dietary supplements or certain ailments might cause pain in the hip while standing, sitting, or even when sleeping, which results in hip osteonecrosis. If the condition is left untreated, it may lead to severe arthritis. 


Risk factors for hip pain: 

  • Age: Both osteoarthritis and trochanteric bursitis are typically found in older people. In most cases, menopausal women are also at a greater risk of experiencing hip pain at night.   
  • Sleep position: If you usually awake with hip pain, the reason may be sleeping on a mattress that is seither too soft or too hard. 
  • Pain from the knee, pelvis, or back: You may feel pain from other areas of the body, including the hip, knee, or back. For instance, pain in the back caused by pressure on a nerve can also occur in the buttocks. 
  • Accident or injury to the muscle: Hip and leg pain at night can be caused by an injury dislocating the pelvic girdle or hip joint. 
  • Overweight and obese: People who have excessive weight or are obese are more likely at risk of osteoarthritis because their joints have to deal with more pressure from increased body weight. 

What can cause hip pain in a woman? 

Women are generally affected with hip pain at night by many different joint conditions such as:: 

  • Bursitis/tendonitis 
  • Iliotibial band syndrome 
  • Arthritis 
  • Dysplasia/impingement 
  • Pregnancy 

Symptoms of Hip Pain 

Depending on the condition that's causing your hip pain, you might feel discomfort in your: 

If hip muscle pain is left untreated, it may lead to serious  hip problems.  

How to Relieve Hip and Leg Pain? 

In the case of minor hip pain, try these self-care tips: 

If your hip pain doesn't go away from your self-treating formulas, it might be an indication of chronic hip pain, and you may need to make an appointment with your doctor. 

When to seek immediate medical attention? 

 If your hip pain occurs due to an injury and is accompanied by: 

  • Joint deformity 
  • Inability to bear the load on the affected leg 
  • Severe pain in the hip area 
  • Fever, chills, redness 
  • Failure to move your leg or hip 
  • Sudden bulge or swelling 

Living with hip pain can significantly hamper the quality of life. But good prevention tips can minimize the risk of general wear-and-tear, hip pain, and developing osteoarthritis, which may result in hip surgery.   

Below are some key tips for preserving hip pain and injury:  

With the help of these prevention tips, you may avoid your hip replacement surgery. You should visit a doctor or orthopedic specialist if you're experiencing severe or worsening hip pain.  


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