The hip is a true ball-and-socket joint that allows for fluid movement in a circular motion needed for daily activities like walking, squatting, and stair-climbing. One of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints, the hip is designed to withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. However, even with its extreme durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. Over time, a variety of factors, including trauma or arthritis, can ultimately lead to hip pain.
Causes of Hip Pain
Problems in the hip joint tend to result in discomfort in your thighs, groin, buttocks, or in both the inside and/or outside of your hip joint. People may experience other symptoms such as limping, popping, catching, clicking, loss of motion, swelling, or tenderness in the hip area.
While some hip pain is temporary, other hip pain can become chronic – meaning that it doesn’t go away with time. Common causes of hip pain include:
- Arthritis – most commonly osteoarthritis
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Impingement (femoroacetabular impingement - FAI)
- Labral tears
- Iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome
- Gluteus medius and minimus tears (abductor tendon tears)
- Hamstring strains and tears
- Fractures, dislocations, and sprains
- Avascular necrosis
- Muscle strain
Less commonly hip pain may be caused by conditions such as cancer, Gaucher’s disease or avascular necrosis or a hematoma (internal bleeding).
Hip Pain Treatment
Our staff of board-certified orthopedic specialists works hard to stay on top of the latest and most advanced treatments for hip pain – both surgical and non-surgical.
First, we will assess your pain and your lifestyle to understand what may have caused the pain and how it is affecting your day-to-day activities. Our goal is to get you back to moving with comfort as quickly as possible.
Our physicians recommend a series of orthopedic treatments based on the severity of the hip condition. We will work progressively through all non-surgical options and discuss surgery often as a last resort.
Non-surgical Hip Treatments
- Supplements to strengthen joints and bones
- Activity modifications
- Physical therapy
- Aquatic Therapy
- Orthobiologic Therapy
- Steroid injections
Surgical Hip Treatments
Hip surgery may be recommended based on the cause of hip pain, the results of non-surgical treatment options and the condition of the joint. Hip surgeries may include: