Causes of Hip Pain
Hip pain can be caused by many ailments, but three are the most common.
Arthritis can cause grating, grinding, and clicking in the hip joint as well as deep aching pain, as protective cartilage wears away and bones begin to rub together.
Bursitis can cause sharp pain and locking of the hip joint, due to inflammation of fluid filled sacs protecting components of the joints from making contact.
Hip labral tears cause significant pain and can be disabling due to the protective cushion in the joint breaking down and your thigh bone becoming loose in the socket.
Treatments for Hip Injuries
There are minimally invasive routes that can be used to treat hip pain due to an acute injury or chronic issue. In some cases, physical therapy, steroid injections, or platelet-rich plasma therapy can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing.
If these don’t work, arthroscopy may be used to help “clean out” the joint. For arthritis sufferers, arthroscopy may be able to remove tiny sharp edges of bone, known as bone spurs, that are causing pain. Arthroscopy can also be used to do minor tendon or ligament repair inside the hip joint.
If your hip has deteriorated to the point that none of the above treatments will help, Dr. Strasburger can perform a complete hip replacement. This replaces the joint and can typically both make pain stop, and restore your range of motion. Hip replacement is a major surgery, and requires an extended recovery time, but you’ll have a clear treatment plan to aid you during recovery.
Are you experiencing hip pain or have you suffered an injury?