Hip pain at night

Why do I get so much hip pain at night?

The majority of cases of hip pain at night occur as a result of lying directly on the painful soft tissue structures to the side or back of the hip. Alternatively, when lying on the other side, these same soft tissue structures may be placed in a stretched position.

In more severe cases of hip osteoarthritis, or in the rare case of inflammatory joint disease affecting the hip, the night pain may be due to the build-up of inflammation within the joint.

When there is significant pain at night it may feel like the hip is always painful, no matter the position. However, some adaptations may alleviate the symptoms. If you prefer a side lying position, a cushion or pillow can be placed between the knees to prevent any stretching of the soft tissue structures. A specialist memory foam mattress topper may also help matters if the pain arises when lying on the painful side. If possible, it may be advisable to sleep on your back. In which case, a pillow under the knees can also place the hip joints in a more neutral position, thereby relieving pain.

In rare circumstances hip pain through the night may be a sign of an underlying medical problem. As such, if individuals suffer significant hip pain at night and/ or have any more systemic symptoms such as fever, sweats or widespread pain it is advised that they seek an urgent assessment. If currently under treatment from a doctor or physiotherapist it is advisable to let them know these symptoms at the earliest opportunity.

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