What symptoms of hip pain suggest I should see a specialist?
When your hip hurts, don’t just hope the discomfort and pain will go away. Seek treatment for symptoms such as the following:
- Tenderness in the hip
- Swelling and warmth in the hip joint
- Limited range of motion and stiffness
- Joint pain that causes limping
- Discomfort in the groin, thigh, or buttock
Back pain may also radiate to your hip as the areas are connected through tissues and nerves.
You need medical help immediately if hip pain arises suddenly. Other indications that you need immediate care include:
- Intense pain or sudden swelling
- An injury or fall prompted hip pain
- You heard a popping sound at the time of injury
- You are unable to move your leg or hip or you can’t bear weight
What are the causes of hip pain?
You may have suffered an accident that was the cause of your hip pain. But, overuse and arthritis are other reasons your hip may hurt. Specific conditions that cause hip pain include:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Pinched nerves, as in sciatica and sacroiliitis
- Fractured hip or dislocation
How can I manage hip pain at home?
When your hip pain is minor, you can manage it yourself at home. Take rest and avoid direct pressure on the hip. Do not sleep on the painful or affected side. Avoid repeated hip bending and prolonged sitting. Hip pain can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen sodium. You can also use ice or heat packs to ease the pain. Normal stretching exercises are also helpful to relieve hip pain. Nurse Practitioner Odom and Dr. Ryan can help educate you on these physical therapy exercises.
What are the nonsurgical treatments for hip pain?
At Keystone Health & Wellness Center, the professional staff uses a variety of minimally invasive treatments to address hip pain. Nurse Practitioner Royceanne Odom and her team of Rehab techs order and administer a variety of treatments. Dr. Ryan often applies chiropractic adjustments to realign vertebrae and relieve pinched nerves and muscle imbalances contributing to your pain. Other treatments include:
- Medication: Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs are used to ease the pain.
- Injections: Hyaluronan injections lubricate the painful hip joint and pain relief. Platelet-rich plasma injections encourage healing and reduce pain.
- Physical therapy: Yoga and swimming are some physical activities that help to reduce hip pain. Physical therapy improves the flexibility, posture, strength, and mobility of the hip.