EmpowHER has heard from many people who experience hip pain at night. They wake up in the morning in pain, or are awakened during the night from pain and have difficulty getting back to sleep.
While each person will have a specific reason why they experience pain and should be properly diagnosed, in general we have found several conditions that can cause this discomfort.
This condition causes cartilage in joints to disintegrate. Cartilage provides a kind of cushion between various bones, and when the cartilage weakens the bones can rub together causing great pain and inflammation.
The hips are commonly affected, along with other joints. Hip pain at night is common for many reasons. Osteoarthritis pain flares due to inactivity. It is often at its worst first thing in the morning. Lying on an affected hip all night can increase the pain.
Treatments for osteoarthritis include:
Over-the-counter pain medication
Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (e.g., Advil) and naproxen (e.g., Aleve)
Prescription Pain Relief Medication
Arthrotec — NSAID that may reduce the risk for gastrointestinal bleeding
Opiates and opiate-like medications
Viscosupplementation — injection of a substance called hyaluronan into the joint, which helps lubricate the joint
Pain relief creams — capsaicin , methyl salicylate and menthol
There is some evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin may relieve pain and/or decrease osteoarthritis progression. Talk with your doctor before taking any herbs and supplements.
Some doctors report that acupuncture has been successful in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis, although the evidence is not consistent.
While more studies are needed, balneotherapy (hot water therapy), relaxation therapy, exercise, yoga and tai chi may be helpful.'
Shoes, splints or braces, canes, crutches walkers and orthopedic shoes also can help those with advanced osteoarthritis in the lower body.
Losing weight can lessen the stress on joints affected by osteoarthritis.