Hip pain is the common term used to describe the pain that occurs near or in the hip joint. The pain not only occurs in the hip, it can also be felt at the thigh or groin. Hip pain can range from mild to severe. In most cases, hip pain gets relieved with self-care and simple treatment. In some cases, it can cause severe pain and you should consider visiting a doctor.
The exact location of the hip pain can help determine the underlying cause for the pain. There can be several reasons for hip pain including serious underlying medical conditions.
Dr Suhas, an orthopedic and joint replacement surgeon has been serving patients suffering from hip pain for the past 17 years. He has excelled in treating hip pain and he can help you with your pain.
Reasons for Hip Pain
Hip pain can occur either due to the components inside the hip joint or can be due to the components surrounding your hip. Your hip joint has potential space and if any injury or illness causes inflammation. It can further fill the space with either blood or fluid and thereby stretching the hip capsule lining. It results in hip pain.
Apart from this, certain conditions and injuries can also cause hip pain such as:
- Inflamed tendons cause intense hip pain and it occur due to excessive exercise
- Arthritis causes severe pain, stiffness and it becomes difficult to walk. Other types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, trauma to a joint, rheumatoid arthritis, and infectious arthritis can also cause hip pain.
- Trochanteric bursitis is a condition where the bursa near the hip joint is inflamed. It is caused due to a hip injury, bad body posture, or overuse of joints.
- Hip fractures in old age people can cause severe hip pain, and it requires immediate medical assistance.
- Snaping hip syndrome that causes snapping sound in the hip and it is common in athletes and dancers
- Osteonecrosis occurs when the blood supply to the bones gets stopped.
How Do I Know If I have Hip Pain?
Based on the underlying condition that causes hip pain, people may experience discomfort in the following areas:
- Either inside or outside of the Hip joint
The most common symptoms of hip pain are:
- Joint pain
- Groin pain
- Less mobility of the hip
- Swelling on the hip
- Difficulty to sleep on hip
- Feeling of warm
The symptoms of hip pain can be either mild or severe, and it can also be caused due to disability.
Diagnosis for Hip Pain
If your hip pain lasts for more than two weeks, you should immediately consult an orthopedic doctor. Before visiting your doctor, make notes about your condition. He/she will ask questions about your pain and what movements hurt your hip. You may need to walk around so that the doctor can observe your joints during motion. Your doctor will ask you if you have pain at night and whether the symptoms obstruct your daily activities. This will help your doctor to determine the treatment for you.
Your doctor may also use the following tests to determine the exact cause of hip pain:
- CT scan
- MRI scans
- Blood tests
Treatment for Hip Pain
The treatment for hip pain varies based on the cause of hip pain. If the hip pain is caused by exercise, proper rest can let your hip to heal. Your doctor will prescribe medications to relieve pain if the pain is caused due to arthritis. If required, your doctor will suggest physical therapy to help you exercise well to strengthen your hip and increase mobility.
If the hip pain is due to injuries, proper rest and medications can reduce your pain and swelling. For serious conditions such as hip fractures, hip malformation requires surgeries to either fix or replace your hip.
Hip surgery is most successful and you need physical therapy sessions to adjust to your new joint.
Meet Dr Suhas for Hip Pain
If you or your loved one is suffering from hip pain for more than a week, visit Dr Suhas, an experienced orthopedic surgeon in Hyderabad. He has extensive knowledge in treating different conditions that cause hip pain. He can determine your condition and provide suitable treatment for you. To know more or to book your appointment, call us today.