Chronic Hip Pain Treatment
- Maybe you’re wondering if your hip pain can only be fixed with surgery. Most chronic hip pain conditions can be satisfactorily addressed through revolutionary new procedures. Check out the latest in hip pain treatments!
- When you lose flexibility in your hip, it’s more difficult to get around. You definitely can’t play sports or dance anymore. It’s uncomfortable no matter how you sit or lie. You need treatment that looks at your whole body and your lifestyle. You need a program like ReBalance 360.
- Chronic pain in your hip has been with you for at least three months. The pain’s isn’t going away on its own. Give it a helping hand, and at the same time, take back the active lifestyle you used to lead. Contact ReBalance for a pain management consultation!
Debilitating Hip Pain
Chronic hip pain like yours is actually fairly common in men as they age. You may have had a rough-and-tumble past, or maybe you’ve been a desk jockey for many years. Both types of lifestyles can cause wear and tear in your hip joints.
Your hip, where your thigh bone meets your pelvis, is the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body. It’s a heavy-duty joint that can withstand plenty of wear and tear, but it’s not invincible. The built-in protection within the joint eventually wears down from frequent use.
Symptoms That Point to Hip Problems
You experience hip pain in a number of different ways. Your symptoms depend on the source of your pain. Symptoms include:
- Loss of hip motion
- Pain that’s mild to severe
Symptoms of chronic hip pain can manifest within your hip joints or nearby — as pain in your buttocks, groin or thigh. While strenuous physical activity can intensify your discomfort, sitting still for long periods of time can do the same thing. You may be at higher risk of hip pain if you habitually slouch or if one leg is longer than the other.
Causes of Ongoing Hip Pain
Chronic pain in your hips can have many causes: the bones, tendons, cartilage, nerves muscles and ligaments all have to work together perfectly to provide a full range of painless motion. Aging, hip injury or medical conditions may be to blame, and most are correctible. Some of the most common causes of chronic hip pain include:
- Arthritis. Hip arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of your hip joint. There are many different types of arthritis — including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis — and all of them can lead to hip pain.
- Bursitis. This condition happens when the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion your bones and tendons become inflamed. Bursitis can lead to disabling joint pain or a sudden inability to move the joint.
- Sprains and strains. These are often caused by sports injuries. They usually heal with rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.
- Breaks and fractures. Bones naturally become weaker and more brittle with age. You may be at higher risk of breaking your hip during a fall.
How is Hip Pain Diagnosed at Rebalance?
To get the most effective treatment for your chronic hip pain, it is important to properly diagnose the cause of pain first. At Rebalance, we use advanced tests and imaging technology to correctly diagnose the source of your pain. A full physical examination along with radiology tests assist our Rebalance hip pain specialists to target the tear, infection, or tumor that is causing your discomfort.
Don’t hesitate to get your diagnosis, as this may exacerbate your pain as well as medical costs. Our expert hip pain doctors at Rebalance help you understand your pain. Once the underlying cause is determined, they will provide an individualized hip pain treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort.
During your physical examination, our leading chronic hip pain experts examine your range of motion and gait (the way you walk) to determine whether your pain is caused by spine problems. The doctor also checks your internal and external hip rotation, leg length, muscle strength in the hip, and back range of motion.
Imaging tests that are used to diagnose chronic hip pain include:
- X-ray, to determine if there is an excess of bone on your femur
- MRI, to see if there is erosion or tears on your cartilage
- CT scan, to show soft tissue and ligament issues
Sometimes our experienced hip pain specialists use a steroid analgesic test to differentiate the cause of your pain. When it is unclear whether your pain is coming from your hip joint or somewhere outside the hip, for example, your lower abdomen, our doctor will provide a steroid analgesic injection. If the injection cures your pain, the problem is coming from the hip joint. If the pain is coming from outside the hip joint, further examination is necessary and an MRI may be more favorable.
Conservative Hip Pain Treatments
Hip pain is traditionally treated with corticosteroid injections and physical therapy. Hip injection should always be chosen first with surgery being the last resort. At ReBalance, we always try non-invasive options before considering more invasive procedures like surgery. Your hip pain treatment depends on the cause of your pain.
Many of the causes of hip pain are not reversible, so painkillers, either over-the-counter or prescription-strength, may be needed to control the pain. Physical therapy helps relieve symptoms of hip pain by improving the health of the joints, bones and surrounding muscle. Ultimately, conventional medicine has its limitations.
Newest Approaches for Treating Chronic Hip Pain
At Rebalance, we provide a wide range of pain management and rehabilitative services. Some of the newest procedures we offer come from the latest proven medical research. New techniques include:
- Analysis of your body composition
- Interstitial laser therapy
- Shockwave therapy
- Platelet rich plasma injections