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Hip Pain Treatment

    Hip pain isn’t just a problem that affects the elderly after years of wear and tear. While older people are more likely to develop persistent hip pain than young adults, strenuous activities, accidents, and improper body movements can also cause hip pain. Early intervention raises the likelihood that you will not experience long-term chronic pain. Redefine Healthcare’s pain specialists in New Jersey are experts at diagnosing and addressing your discomfort using a variety of treatments. Call for an appointment today.

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    Hip pain treatment

    Hip pain can make your life miserable. Your Redefine Healthcare doctor specializes in finding a solution, whether your pain occurs while you’re standing, sitting, or trying to sleep. Knowing the exact location of your pain in the hips helps your doctor determine the underlying cause and tailor an effective treatment.

    Because pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including both traumatic injuries and painful diseases, you should seek treatment as soon as possible.

    Untreated hip pain may cause you to be unable to walk, run, or twist your upper body. Consult a specialist at our NJ pain clinic to learn how to protect these strong, load-bearing joints and remain mobile.

    Types of Hip Pain

    Hip pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including arthritis, fractures, dislocations, sprains, hernias, and sciatica. In general, hip pain falls into one of three categories:

    1. Hip flexor pain. This pain is most commonly felt on the outside of your hip, along your upper thigh, or along your buttocks. These symptoms point to a soft tissue injury or condition, such as a problem with your muscles, ligaments, or tendons. This type of discomfort can be caused by Hip injuries, such as hip tendonitis
    2. Hip joint pain. This type of pain is usually more intense. It primarily affects the inside of your hip and the area around your groin. The pain is caused by a band of cartilage-like tissue that rims the outer portion of your hip socket, which deteriorates as a result of aging and arthritis. It is known as the hip labrum because it supports and deepens the socket. A labral tear is caused by an injury or overuse.
    3. Referred hip pain. When other areas of your body are compromised, the paths of your body’s nerves can cause pain. Hip pain, which your doctor would diagnose as referred pain, can result from diseases such as cancer or diabetes, as well as conditions such as low back pain, a pinched nerve or a herniated disc in your spine.

    Symptoms of Hip Pain

    Hip pain may appear in several less severe ways, including:

    • As a dull ache that strengthens or burns with movement or pressure;
    • The discomfort eases with certain positions, like standing, but becomes worse in others, like lying on your side;
    • Tightness in muscles that is aggravated by excessive activity or repetitive motions but relieved through gentle exercise like walking.

    If rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, and ice or heat don’t help your hip pain, visit our pain specialists at Redefine Healthcare for treatment. A list of problems could be causing your hip pain, so be as open and honest with your doctor as possible regarding your symptoms. Seek emergency medical care if the pain becomes severe and is accompanied by swelling, fever, chills, joint deformity, or an inability to stand or move your leg.

    What Are the Most Common Causes of Hip Pain?

    Hip pain is commonly caused by developmental conditions, injuries, infections, or chronic illnesses. The following are the most common causes of hip disorders:

    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Perthes disease;
    • Developmental dysplasia;
    • Irritable hip syndrome;
    • Soft tissue pain and referred pain;
    • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis.

    Diagnosis of Hip Pain

    When you visit Redefine Healthcare’s hip pain expert, your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination of your hip and surrounding tissues. You’ll be asked a series of questions about the nature and duration of your pain, as well as what home remedies you’ve tried. If your doctor suspects a hip injury or structural problem, they may order additional testing, such as:

    • Blood or urine tests
    • X-rays
    • CT scans
    • MRI scans
    • Ultrasounds
    • Joint fluid tests

    Your doctor will develop an appropriate treatment plan and discuss it with you based on the outcomes of the diagnostic process.

    Hip Pain Treatment

    The good news is that most hip pain treatments combine self-care, physical therapy, and medication. Surgery is almost never needed. Dr. Eric D. Freeman will start with conservative treatments. Treatment consists of the following steps:

    • Activity modification. Stop doing some things to give your body time to heal. Golf, tennis, contact sports, and possibly even stair climbing should be avoided until your hip pain subsides. Abstention from specific activities is especially helpful for hip flexor pain treatment.
    • Assistive devices. Even young people with repetitive motion injuries to their hips may require assistive walking devices such as canes, crutches, or walkers in the short term.
    • R.I.C.E. Most athletes are familiar with the rest, ice, compression, and elevation method of healing. Use this hip pain treatment until you can see your doctor for a diagnosis.
    • Physical therapy. To provide the best support for compromised muscles or joints, PT teaches you optimal movement and lifting techniques, strengthening and stretching exercises, and administers therapeutic massage and manipulation.
    • Medication. Your doctor may advise you to take the medication topically, orally, or by injection. Over-the-counter pain drugs can help with milder and temporary pain. More severe conditions, such as fractures or infections, may need the use of prescription opioids for the short term. Intravenous medications for rheumatoid arthritis or infections also prove effective.
    • Surgical intervention. Surgery represents the last resort in all but the most severe cases. Fractures and osteoarthritic joint deterioration require open hip surgery to implant screws or replace the entire hip joint. Your doctor will repair hip labral tears with arthroscopy, a surgical technique that involves inserting surgical cameras and tools through small incisions.

    Do you have any questions about the hip pain treatment we offer in New Jersey? Would you like to schedule an appointment with Eric D. Freeman of Redefine Healthcare? Please contact our pain clinic for consultation with the best pain specialist in NJ.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Do I Know if My Hip Pain Is Serious?

    Generally, you should seek a pain relief specialist’s assistance if:

    • A joint appears to be deformed;
    • You are unable to move your leg or hip;
    • You are unable to bear weight on the affected hip;
    • You have severe hip pain;
    • You experience sudden swelling;
    • You notice any signs of infection, including fever, chills, and redness.

    How to Relieve Hip Pain?

    When deciding on a hip pain treatment plan, we must consider a number of things. First and foremost, the root cause of the problem must be identified. Second, the severity of the condition must be evaluated as well. For example, if your pain is caused by a muscle strain, osteoarthritis, or tendonitis, you may find relief with over-the-counter pain medications. Acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as naproxen or ibuprofen are examples. Your best chance would be to see a pain management doctor.

    Can I Prevent Hip Pain?

    Take a proactive approach to prevent hip overuse and associated injuries. You could use the following self-care preventative measures:

    • Maintain a healthy body weight
    • Practice proper posture while sitting and standing
    • Start exercising to maintain hip mobility
    • Warm-up and cool down before and after exercising
    • Develop an ergonomic workplace with a proper table/desk height and adjustable chair
    • Wear properly fitting and comfortable shoes
    • Eat a healthy diet full of vitamin C, collagen, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich foods
    • Use walking assistance devices such as walkers, crutches, or canes, if needed
    • Avoid ignoring minor injuries

    How Long Does Hip Pain Last?

    Hip pain may be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-lasting). Mild strains typically heal in 2 to 3 weeks, while more serious conditions can take up to 4 months.

    Page Updated on Sep 2, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

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