Hip pain is one of the most challenging kinds of musculoskeletal pain to live with because it’s so hard to find any position in which your hip isn’t coming under some form of pressure. If you have hip pain and can’t get any relief, Joseph Hadi, MD, of California Pain Institute in Encino, California, can help. Dr. Hadi is a double board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine who provides effective therapies for hip pain that could help you avoid surgery. Call California Pain Institute today to find out more or book an appointment online.
If you had a nasty fall, suffered a sports injury, or were in a car accident, you might have hip pain from a fracture of one of the bones in your hip joint, or a joint dislocation. These cause acute hip pain from an obvious cause.
The soft tissues, including tendons, muscles, and ligaments, can also suffer from strains, sprains, and tears that cause acute pain, especially if you’re an active sports participant.
Chronic hip pain that comes on more slowly is typically caused by conditions like:
Osteoarthritis is a painful and common type of degenerative joint disease caused by years of wear-and-tear on the joints. Over time, the cartilage protecting each bone erodes, leaving the bones exposed and leading to friction. This, in turn, causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Hip arthritis can be severely disabling.
Bursae are small sacs of liquid inside your hip joints. They’re there to cushion the bones and prevent friction from building up between the bones, tendons, and muscles. Sometimes, the bursae themselves come under pressure, causing inflammation and pain.
Tendinitis is an inflammation in the tendons, tough connective tissues that join your muscles to your hip bones. The condition typically develops from overuse of the joint or repetitive actions that you carry out for long periods.
The labrum is the cartilage that prevents the ball-shaped end of your femur (thigh bone) from coming out of its socket. You can tear the labrum suddenly as the result of an injury, but a labral tear is most likely to happen because of repetitive strain.
Dr. Hadi is experienced in diagnosing the causes of hip pain. He carries out a comprehensive physical exam to see how well you move your hips and checks your general health. He also reviews your medical history and discusses your current health to help him make a diagnosis.
You might also need to undergo one or more diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan. These can confirm a preliminary diagnosis and give Dr. Hadi an accurate view of the extent of any tissue damage.
Once he has a diagnosis for your hip pain, Dr. Hadi creates a personalized treatment plan for you. In most cases, conservative interventions are highly effective. These initial treatments might include:
If you have hip pain, don’t let it get any worse. Take action now by calling California Pain Institute today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hadi, or book an appointment online.