What is hip pain?
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that attaches the head of your thigh bone (femur) to your pelvis. Hip pain is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Stiffness that makes it difficult to bend or walk
- Decreased range of motion
- Pain that worsens with activity
- Locking or grinding of the hip joint
Hip pain usually develops slowly and worsens over time. Your hip may feel worse in the morning or after long periods of sitting. Hip pain and stiffness may cause you to walk with a limp.
What causes hip pain?
As one of the largest and most heavily used joints in your body, the hip is susceptible to many injuries and conditions that cause pain. Common causes of hip pain include:
- Fip fractures
- Hip labral tears
- Sprains and strains
Other conditions, such as sciatica, can cause pain to radiate through your hip from another area, like your lower back.
When should I see a doctor for hip pain?
If you have severe hip pain from an acute injury, such as a fall or car accident, you should get emergency medical care immediately.
Otherwise, you should schedule an appointment at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care if you have hip pain that lasts longer than a few days.
How is hip pain diagnosed?
First, your physician at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care reviews your medical history and asks questions about your specific hip pain symptoms. They also perform a physical exam and may take diagnostic tests, including:
If they suspect a problem with your nerves, such as sciatica, your physician at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care may test nerve functioning with electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction study (NCS).
How is hip pain treated?
After they diagnose the cause of your hip pain, the team at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care creates a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your specific condition, hip pain treatment may include:
- Pain-relieving medications
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss
If your hip pain is severe or doesn’t go away with treatment, they may recommend surgery.
To learn more about your options for hip pain relief, call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care.