Hip Pain Causes and Treatments

March 13, 2015

HappyHipsYour hip joints take an amazing amount of wear and tear. In addition to holding up a large portion of your weight, they are often in motion. Although they’re typically hard working and durable, hip joints can suffer from wear, tear and injury, which causes pain.

Common Causes of Hip Pain in Older Adults:

Osteoarthritis – This is one of the most common causes, essentially wear and tear that leads to joint stiffness and swelling.

Tendinitis or Bursitis – The tendons connecting the hip joint to the muscles around it can become inflamed from injury or overuse. The same is true of bursae, small fluid-filled sacs located on the inside (groin side) of the hip.

Fracture Common in older patients, fractures cause pain especially when walking and doing other weight bearing activities.

Dislocation – Dislocation happens when the head of the femur is forced out of the hip socket. The force needed for hip dislocation is great, which is why this issue often happens in conjunction with other injuries, such as those from a fall or car accident.

Prevention and Management:

MedicationFor milder pain from OA and other causes of inflammation, over the counter pain relief medications or anti-inflammatories may be sufficient. If not, prescription anti-inflammatories, such as NSAIDs can be used when deemed appropriate.

Physical Therapy – Whether taking place in an office, or at home, patients with hip pain benefit from a program of stretching, strengthening surrounding muscles, and taking part in low-impact exercise.

Injections Often guided by ultrasound, corticosteroid injections can be put directly into the hip joint and/or near tendons and bursa.

Arthroscopy –  This minimally invasive procedure makes several small incisions and uses a small camera to go into the joint to remove tissues or impingements, repair tears and work with cartilage.

Replacement – In more extreme cases, hip joint replacement is also an option. Hip replacement is generally a last resort and doctors favor less invasive treatments when possible. However, those with advanced joint disease may need hip replacement to find pain relief and restored mobility.

Call your doctor if:

  • You suddenly experience hip pain
  • You have pain from a fall
  • Your pain was preceded by a popping noise
  • You have limited mobility or weight bearing capabilities

Do you have chronic hip pain? Don’t suffer, come see the specialists at The Center For Orthopedics.

Schedule a consultation today: 440-329-2800.

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