Board Certified, New York City Based, Osteopath Specializing in Spine, Pain and Sports Medicine
What Is Hip Pain?
Hip pain is a common issue that can be directed back to a wide variety of problems. By providing the precise location of your hip pain we can determine the cause of your pain. Often the inside of the hip and groin area is from joint issues while upper thigh and outer hip derive from problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
Hip Pain Causes
Hip pain may be caused by arthritis more specifically psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease), or septic arthritis, Injuries such as hip labral tears, inguinal hernia, sprains, or tendinitis can play a role in hip pain. There are other causes such as pinched nerves, a traumatic injury, repetitive strain from improper mechanics.
Hip Strain Symptoms
Hip injuries usually result in inflammation, pain, limited range of motion, and reduced mobility. Pain with movement or activities with of your lower back, hips, legs, and surrounding joints usually means it comes from the joint itself.
Hip Impingement Risk Facts
Risk factors of hip pain include:
- Cancers such as bone cancer and leukemia
- Avascular Necrosis
- Bone Infections
- Activity Level
What Exercises Are Used For Hip Pain Management?
When a doctor creates a pain management plan for a person who has chronic hip pain, they will include a variety of exercises that a physical therapist will use to help restore blood flow to the joint and increase the physical strength of the muscles affected by the injury or illness. Walking, stretching and swimming is ideal exercises for the hips because they increase endurance and help to strengthen the tissues without applying excess weight. Ergonomic exercise bikes that take the pressure off of the hips are also beneficial. Each person will be different when it comes to exercise. Some may feel more comfortable with walking or swimming, while others would prefer working with a physical therapist.
What Treatment Methods Are Used To Control Hip Pain?
With today’s technology, doctors have new treatment methods that offer proven results with fewer side effects and much less downtown. Radiofrequency ablation is used to laser certain nerves, blocking pain signals from traveling to and from the brain. Stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections are also being used to help strengthen tissues and stimulate the growth and regeneration of certain types of cells within the joint. When these treatment methods are used alongside physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications, doctors can create an effective treatment plan that strengthens the joint, re-establishes blood flow to the area, and effectively relieve pain and inflammation.
When To Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?
Hip replacement surgeries are often the last resort a doctor offers to their patients. If chronic hip pain is no longer relieved through laser procedures or the use of physical therapy and platelet rich plasma injections, the next step is to remove the diseased or worn joint and replace it with a joint assembly. Even with a hip replacement, physical therapy will still be needed for several weeks to help the patient learn how to maneuver with the new joint. The patient will also need to rebuild their strength and work to regain their previous range of motion. While the procedure may correct the cause of the pain, it will cause the person to start from scratch when it comes to strength and dexterity.