Unfortunately, hip pain is a common complaint for many patients. However, it is a pain that can be caused by a variety of factors, from a one-time injury to a chronic disease. Thankfully, the location of your pain can tell your doctor a lot about its cause. Below we dive into the common causes and treatments for hip discomfort.
Like we mentioned above, your hip pain could be caused by a number of things. Most often, this kind of pain is due to arthritis, injury, cancer, a pinched nerve, or another medical condition, such as osteoporosis or a bone infection. The types of injuries most likely to cause pain in the hips are:
- Joint Inflammation
In terms of diagnosing what is causing your hip pain, your doctor will likely use imaging and have you walk around so they can observe the joint in motion. Once your physician is able to narrow down the location of your discomfort, they can make an informed treatment plan to address it.
When it comes to treating your hip pain, you may be wondering when you should see a doctor. If your pain is minor, it’s likely that you can treat it at home. Rest your hip and avoid bending and sleeping on the affected area. Additionally, you can treat your discomfort with ice or heat, and take over the counter pain medications to manage how you’re feeling.
However, if you’ve tried caring for your hip pain at home to no avail, it may be time to see your doctor. They may recommend physical therapy, or in severe cases, surgery. Although, if you have experienced an injury that has caused any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
- Intense Pain
- Signs of Infection: Redness, Fever and/or Chills
- Your joint appears deformed
- Inability to put weight on or move your hip/leg
Hip Pain Care at Minivasive Pain
At Minivasive Pain, our mission is to treat the causes of your pain with the highest standards of care and quality. Our experienced team of orthopedic physicians will help determine the underlying cause of your hip pain, and devise a treatment plan that’s right for you, so you can get back to the joys of life in no time. Plus, we have several locations throughout the Greater Houston Area for your convenience. To schedule an appointment, please call (346) 800-6001 now.
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