Comprehensive Care for Hip Pain
Everyone experiences hip pain from time to time, typically when muscles around the hip joint are stretched beyond its limits. The hip is a workhorse, after all. These large, weight-bearing ball-and-socket joints join the pelvis to the legs and allow us to walk. Damage or disease in the hip can cause significant pain and threaten your very independence.
Being able to pinpoint where your hip pain is coming from can help narrow down its possible cause. For example, generally speaking:
- Anterior hip pain (felt on the abdomen side or groin area) may point to issues with the hip joint.
- Lateral hip pain (felt at the sides) or posterior hip pain (felt at the buttocks) may point to soft tissue problems such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround the joint.
Making diagnosis even more tricky is that the pain you’re feeling in the hip can actually be radiating from elsewhere in the body, such as the low back.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
When you experience pain in your hip, it may be due a wide range of diseases, disorders, and conditions, including:
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage tears
- Fractures and dislocations
- Hamstring muscle strain
- Hip flexor muscle strain
- Hip labral tear
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Nerve compression
- Repetitive stress disorders
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
Because there are so many conditions that can cause hip pain, it is important to see an orthopedic specialist, such as the providers at the Joint Replacement Institute, who can not only accurately diagnose but also properly treat problems affecting the hips.
Treatment will depend on the cause of your hip pain. Physical therapy can help you strengthen your core and regain lost mobility. Because the hip joint is a weight-bearing joint, your weight, strength, and flexibility matter – the better each of these are, the healthier your hips.
Cortisone injections are common when treating causes of hip pain. When more conservative methods fail, hip surgery may become necessary to address your symptoms.
Hip Pain Treatments in Naples, FL
Don’t let your hip pain keep you from the activities you love. The orthopedic pros at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, can alleviate your symptoms and help get you back to enjoying your life. Call (239) 261-2663 or request an appointment now.