What is hip pain?
Your hip is a ball and socket joint where your upper thigh bone connects to your pelvis. Hip pain occurs near one or both hip joints, your upper thigh area, groin, or outer buttocks.
It’s a common condition, especially with aging, and often results from problems with tissues surrounding the joint.
What are the symptoms of hip pain?
With hip pain, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sharp pain
- Dull, aching pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Limited mobility
Symptoms vary from person to person, but if hip pain limits your mobility and prevents you from staying active, the pain management specialists at Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers are here for you.
What causes hip pain?
Hip pain often results from an injury or disease. Common causes of hip discomfort include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Joint inflammation
Your practitioner reviews your medical history and examines your hip to determine the cause of hip pain. They may use blood or imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to make a diagnosis and establish a treatment plan that’s right for you.
What is the treatment for hip pain?
Your personalized hip pain treatment depends on the type of hip pain you experience, its severity, and what’s causing the pain. Pain management physicians might recommend one or more of the following:
Cortisone or other steroid injections help relieve hip inflammation and pain associated with it. These injections have short recovery times and take about an hour to complete. Pain relief from steroid injections can last weeks or years, depending on how your body reacts.
Nerve blocks target specific nerves to reduce hip pain. Your practitioner uses ultrasound, a needle, and a fluoroscope to locate and inject areas near specific nerves. This can reduce inflammation and prevent pain messages along nerve pathways from reaching your brain.
Your practitioner might recommend physical therapy to strengthen and stretch tissues surrounding your hip joint to ease pain and increase range of motion.
Surgery is a last resort for hip pain, but it is sometimes necessary to fully restore hip structure and function. Your practitioner lets you know if surgery to repair or replace your hip joint is right for you.
Don’t let hip pain prevent you from enjoying simple everyday tasks or staying active. Schedule an appointment with Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers over the phone or online today.