Aarti A Singla, MD, MBA
Spine and Pain Management Specialist located in the Greater Cincinnati Area, West Chester and Anderson, OH
Hip Pain Q & A
Why might I have hip pain?
Hip pain might be a result of a trauma like an auto accident or a fall that dislocates the joint, fractures the bones, or tears the cartilage, tendons, or ligaments. You could also suffer an injury when playing sports or at work.
Other risk factors for hip pain include:
- Overuse injuries
- Poor posture
- Different leg lengths
- Having previous hip surgery
Being overweight or obese can also put a great deal of strain on your joints and lead to hip pain.
What conditions are most likely to cause chronic hip pain?
Some of the chronic hip pain conditions that Dr. Singla sees most frequently include:
Osteoarthritis (age-related wear and tear of the joints) causes joint pain that's worse when you're standing or walking and eases off when you're sitting or resting. Hip osteoarthritis presents with pain at the front of your hip and groin and sometimes the side of your hip and buttock area.
Trochanteric bursitis affects the bursa (fluid-filled protective sac) on top of the bony part of your femur (thigh bone), where it forms your hip joint. The bursa becomes inflamed, which causes pain on the outside of your hip and thigh or buttock.
If you have osteoporosis, which weakens the bones, you're more likely to fracture your hip in a minor fall. This is a problem that causes a lot of hip pain in older people.
To determine the cause of your hip pain, Dr. Singla conducts a thorough exam and review of your symptoms and medical history.
She might also want to see hip X-rays to look for signs of osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and reduced joint space. An MRI might be necessary to check for problems in the soft tissues.
How is hip pain treated?
Treatments for hip pain typically begin with noninvasive options. Dr. Singla works closely with expert physical therapists who design specific rehabilitation plans for you to ease pain and improve joint function.
Physical therapies can correct poor posture and address muscle imbalances that are contributing to hip pain. Stretching and strengthening exercises also help by building up the muscles and keeping connective tissues flexible.
Other approaches that could be of benefit include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Modification of activity Ice packs to reduce inflammation
- Weight loss
- Wearing well-cushioned shoes or orthotics
- Regenerative medicine
If your hip pain fails to improve, you might need to have corticosteroid injections into your joints. Dr. Singla uses image guidance technologies like fluoroscopy (a type of X-ray) to deliver joint injections, ensuring optimal accuracy and minimal tissue damage.
Dr. Singla also works closely with orthopaedic experts should there be a need for surgery, such as a hip replacement.
To get to the root of your hip pain and find the solution, call Dr. Singla or book an appointment online.
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