Hip and knee pain?
Hip and knee pain is a common problem, especially as we get older. Most hip pain is caused by back problems, and improving the back problem is the only way to improve the hip pain. This surprises many patients because they don’t feel any pain in the back. But I’ve seen this occurrence thousands of times. And I’ve helped the vast majority of those patients improve by effectively treating their back problem.
Another, seemingly odd, occurrence is the fact that many times, knee pain, especially on the outside of the knee, is often caused by back pain. And many patients get x-rays, MRI scans, physical therapy and injections in their knee, when, in fact, their pain is cause by a back problem. In this case, only treating the back problem, is going to improve the knee pain.
This phenomenon, obviously, tricks a lot of doctors too. The only reason I know this better than other doctors is because I have effective treatment for back problems, which usually improves these referred pain phenomena. Only such diagnostic treatment will teach the doctor of this frequent happenstance.
In my experience this problem of back pain radiating pain to the hip or knee, without concomitant back pain, is especially common in women over the age of 50. Why? Because these radiating pains are usually caused by degenerative changes, i.e. arthritis, and degenerative disc disease in the low back, and by the time we’re in our 50’s, some of us have acquired enough degeneration in the low back to manifest in hip and leg pain. And, sometime, such pain is the predominant, or only, area of pain. Yes, sometimes the back causes pain, but doesn’t feel pain. For some reason- I don’t know why- I don’t see this as frequently in men, although there is no anatomical reason for this.