Looking for reasons for your hip pain? After sitting for long periods of time, do you experience pain in your one or both of your hips? If you are like most people, you sit down for at least six hours every day. When you sit for such long periods of time, it will eventually cause your hip flexors to shorten, which will give you less hip flexibility. When your hips are not as strong as they need to be, they will not properly bear your weight, which means that is possible that you will start experiencing back problems too.

Can sitting too long cause hip pain?

Yes, it can. The reason your hips hurt after you have been sitting down for a long time is not because of the amount of time you have been sitting down, but because of the way you are sitting. When the location of your hip joint is positioned in a particular way, it will eventually lead to discomfort or pain in your hips.

Reasons for hip pain

The following is a list of seven reasons someone would experience discomfort or pain when sitting down for long periods of time:

Arthritis in the hip

The most common type of arthritis in the hip is osteoarthritis. It damages cartilage over time, typically causing painful symptoms in people after they reach middle age.

Hip labrum tear

A hip labral tear involves the ring of cartilage, the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint.

Femoroacetabular impingement 

FAI is a condition in which extra bone grows along one or both of the bones that form the hip joint — giving the bones an irregular shape.


Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.


Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone, which causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint.

Piriformis syndrome

The piriformis muscle is a flat, band-like muscle located in the buttocks near the top of the hip joint. This muscle stabilizes the hip joint and lifts and rotates the thigh away from the body. Piriformis syndrome is an uncommon neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve.

Hip bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa — a fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body. Hip bursitis is commonly diagnosed when patients have pain on the outer side of the hip.

Hip pain treatment options

The earlier someone seeks professional assistance for their hip pain, the easier it will be to treat. Current hip pain treatment options include physical therapy, chiropractic care, radiofrequency ablation, hip injections, regenerative therapies and orthopedic surgery.

Can we answer your questions?

It can be difficult to perform your everyday duties when you are in any type of discomfort or pain. This makes it necessary for you to find a solution for your hip pain so you can once again function normally. You may need the services of an orthopedic surgeon, but the only way to know for sure is to make an appointment. If you have a question, then simply give us a call so we can provide you with the answer you need. We are here for you!

Request an appointment here: http://barbertotaljoint.com or call Matthew D. Barber, M.D. at (251) 410-3600 for an appointment in our Mobile office.