Three issues that can cause hip pain when sitting too long

Hip Pain

There’s a whole generation of people who have spent their careers sitting at a desk, and for these people, hip pain is an all too common problem after sitting down all day. However, this type of hip pain doesn’t just appear out of nowhere, and there are three issues that can commonly lead to hip pain when sitting too long. 

1.   Osteoarthritis

Over the course of a person’s lifetime, the cartilage in their joints naturally wears out, and this leads to a condition called osteoarthritis. This condition is especially likely to happen in your hips because of how much these joints move every day. We don’t normally pay attention to how much the hip joints move on a daily basis, but if you do, you’ll notice that sitting down, standing up, walking and other common tasks all rely on hip joint movement. When this movement causes you to develop osteoarthritis, one common issue you may have is that you feel hip pain when sitting too long. 

2.   Piriformis syndrome

Hip pain when sitting too long can also be caused by piriformis syndrome. This condition occurs when the piriformis muscle gets overly tight, is strained or becomes inflamed. The piriformis muscle runs from the triangular bone at the base of your spine, called the sacrum, across the buttocks and attaches to the thigh bone. This muscle runs near the sciatic nerve but doesn’t usually touch it. However, the muscle typically irritates this nerve when you have piriformis syndrome, and this irritation can lead to hip pain when sitting or lying down. 

3.   Bursitis

A problem in your hip joint called bursitis could also be causing you hip pain when sitting too long. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion many joints, including the hip. When these sacs become irritated or inflamed, you have bursitis. Sitting too long can be one action that leads to bursitis pain, but repetitive hip movements and bacterial infections can also cause this condition. In many cases, people mistake bursitis symptoms for those of hip osteoarthritis, bursitis can go away completely with the right treatment. 

Find help for your hip problems at Holland Physical Therapy

Holland Physical Therapy is proud to serve the residents of the Holland, Michigan, area. If you’re feeling hip pain when sitting too long, our team can do a screening to help you figure out what’s causing this symptom. We’ll then build you a personalized treatment plan to target the cause of your pain, and this plan will be designed to offer benefits like: 

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Increased joint stability
  • Improved ability to do normal daily activities

Don’t keep waiting and hoping your pain will go away. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment.