what is the cause of my tight hip?

Slump test for sciatica.

Slump test for sciatica.

I have very mild numbness in right groin; significant tightness where femur meets groin; very tight right hip with limited flexion; tingling and numbness in right calf but mostly in right foot.

Back surgeon says from exam, MRI and x-rays that cause is definitely not back and that what I am feeling is due to irritation of unknown origin being picked up by local sensory nerves - has prescribed neutontin.

Apologies for the delay.

I would suggest there are two different conditions coming into play. It's most unlikely that the tightness and limited flexion of the hip is related to the tingling and numbness in your calf and foot.

It sounds like you have an impingement syndrome, or arthritis in the hip.

It's great that you the MRI is negative, but still there remain questions. If you bend slowly forwards, backwards, and then to each side, do you get back or lower leg pain or tingling?

If you sit in a kitchen chair, flex your head and neck on to your chest, and then ask someone to raise your right leg parallel to the ground, is it very tight or painful in the lower back and leg; compare with the left leg for normal?

Lying on your back, did the surgeon raise your straight leg? Was the right much tighter than the left?

I suspect you are getting a low grade sciatica, not enough to show up on the MRI but still giving trouble; start our lower back exercises that you can find in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help. Gently, they shouldn't cause pain.

I hope this helps.

Dr B



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