There can be several causes for left side pain above hip including accidents, nutritional deficiency, arthritic and connective, soft tissue diseases, hernias, bursitis, or even IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
It may not seem likely but pain in this area can also have something to do with your sciatic nerves, shoulders or neck. The nerves in this area are closely attached to the sciatic nerves and the muscles in this area can be affected by a variety of muscle malfunctions in other parts of the body.
Left side pain above the hip caused by an accident or trauma might include a dislocated hip joint or a fractured hip. Many older persons are at high risk for a fractured hip if they have a fall. Most hip fractures occur in adults over the age of 65. Surgery is the only option for a fractured hip and it is not always successful, particularly among older people.
Another very common cause is hip bursitis. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa – a fluid filled sac between the bone and tendons. Arthritis and spinal disease might cause this bursitis. Bursitis tends to cause a stinging pain that is particularly intense at night.
Another fairly common cause of this hip pain is nutritional deficiency. This can cause the muscles and tendons in this area to weaken and affect the sciatic nerves as well. Sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating. A hernia in the groin area might also cause this type of pain. Both a nutritional deficiency and a hernia are more easily resolved than the fractured hip or arthritic diseases. Even though resolving the pain from a hernia in all likelihood would involve surgery, so does the fractured hip and with less degree of success.
Non – hip oriented causes for left side hip pain involves auto immune diseases like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or even Chron’s Disease. Though the causes of these diseases lie in another area of the body, the pain is such that it can radiate to or present in the hip and groin area. There are usually no cures for these types of disease and then they tend to affect women more often than men.
There are however treatments that can help to alleviate some of the pain in left side above hip. The most common treatment is the use of NSAIDS (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) or if they do not work – steroids to reduce the inflammation and thereby reduce the pain.
So you can see that this is a somewhat difficult pain to diagnose and it may require several tests including x-rays and MRI’s. Some of these conditions will benefit from physical therapy, some from surgery and others from medications. If you have left side pain above hip be sure you see a medical professional and get it diagnosed as soon as possible.