Hips that Hurt!

Q. I sit for long periods of time at work. At the end of the day, I am stiff and sometimes I feel a shooting pain in my hip. I can’t quit my job. Is there something that I can do to correct this?

A. Hip pain is common and can have several different causes. The two most common sources of pain that radiate in to the hip region are an arthritic ball-and-socket joint, and secondly, a pinched nerve in the low back. Both problems are very treatable and oftentimes treatable without surgery.

The mainstay of treatment is to first accurately identify which problem is causing pain in your hip. This routinely can be performed with an evaluation by your primary care physician or a specialist. X-rays are often useful in leading to a proper diagnosis.

If your condition appears to be hip arthritis (ball-and-socket joint problem), simple medications, such as Tylenol or anti-inflammatories (such as Advil), can be useful.

If your condition is felt to be related to an aggravated nerve in the low back, physical therapy is frequently helpful, as are the medications mentioned above. Additionally, sometimes simple cortisone injections can help make the problem disappear.


Complaints such as yours are very common throughout our individual lives. A simple evaluation typically reveals the answer. Problems such as yours are likely treatable with simple measures and usually do not require surgery.

Jay Jolley, M.D.

Cervical and Lumbar Specialist

Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics

2415 McCallie Avenue

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 624-2696