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Hip Pain


Problems that cause hip pain can also lead to discomfort in the buttocks, upper thigh, or low back. At Florida Pain Management Institute, Adam Shestack, MD, Cy Blanco, MD, and the interventional pain management team, evaluate all types of hip pain at their office in Delray Beach, Florida. For advanced treatment of hip pain, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Florida Pain Management Institute
Interventional Pain Management Practice located in Delray Beach, FL

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

The hip is a large, weight-bearing joint with a ball-and-socket formation that provides you with a wide range of motion. Hip pain can result from damage to any one of this joint’s structures, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.

When should I see a doctor for hip pain?

Hip pain is not something to ignore, as it can throw off your gait and lead to dysfunction all the way down your kinetic chain. Symptoms that indicate you need a doctor’s evaluation for your hip pain include:

  • Limping
  • Swelling, heat, or tenderness at the joint
  • Groin pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain during certain activities
  • Trouble sleeping

Hip pain doesn’t have to be constant to be problematic. It may show up only during certain activities.

What causes hip pain?

The hip is a large, weight-bearing joint with a ball-and-socket formation that provides you with a wide range of motion. Hip pain can result from damage to any one of this joint’s structures, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.

At Florida Pain Management Institute, the team diagnoses and treats many causes of hip pain, including:

Injuries

Fractures, dislocations, sprains, and tendonitis are some of the most common hip injuries. These can result from sports injuries or traumatic events like a car accident. Bursitis, which is inflammation in the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joint, is another common source of hip pain.

Arthritis

Many forms of arthritis affect the hip, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Other causes

Other causes of hip pain include sciatica (which happens when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched as it travels through the hip), sacroiliitis (inflammation of the sacroiliac joint), and avascular necrosis (bone tissue death due to a lack of blood flow).

How is hip pain diagnosed?

To diagnose hip pain, your pain management specialist carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. They ask you about your pain, including when it began and if it gets worse during certain activities. They also examine your hip and may ask you to walk around so they can observe the joint in motion.

Your specialist may also order specific imaging tests, like an MRI or X-rays, to get the best understanding of the origins of your pain.

What hip pain treatments are available?

Conservative treatments for hip pain include over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, ice, and rest. When these fail to work, you may require prescription medications, physical therapy, and other complementary interventions, like massage, weight loss, and exercise.

Corticosteroid injections may be offered to reduce inflammation at the hip joint. These injections relieve swelling and stiffness to restore mobility. Some patients benefit from trigger point injections that help alleviate tension in overly tight bundles of muscles that cause pain. 

If your hip pain originates from spinal problems, like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, your specialist may recommend epidural injections or nerve blocks to alleviate the radiating pain in your hips.

To learn more about how the specialists at Florida Pain Management Institute can help you manage your hip pain, call the office or use the online tool to book an appointment.