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Last updated: Oct 6, 2021

Hip Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a condition that afflicts young and old alike. It’s a wear-and-tear disease that happens after years of use or hard, strenuous use in a shorter period. Since your hips play an important role in mobility for everything from walking and standing to jumping and running, they constantly endure stress. The pain specialists at Redefine Healthcare are among the best to treat hip tendonitis and its symptoms. If you feel hip pain at any level, call on the pain relief experts for a firm diagnosis and effective treatment.

tendons in the hipYour hip is composed of a joint that includes the ball-shaped top of your thigh bone and the socket built into your pelvic bone. It’s one of the largest weight-bearing joints in your body. Tendonitis refers to the inflammation of a tendon, which is the fibrous material that connects your muscles to your bones.

An inflamed tendon can be the source of pain and tenderness in your hip joint.

Although not as common as other physical ailments, tendonitis keeps people out of work the longest, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s why you need to get to your pain management doctor in northeastern New Jersey for treatment as soon as you feel any hip pain. The doctors at Redefine Healthcare are hip pain experts with the skills and technology to diagnose and treat hip flexor tendonitis.

Hip Tendonitis Flexor Symptoms

If you’re living an active lifestyle, your hips undergo a lot of wear and tear. You may sometimes confuse hip pain with other conditions such as a labral tear or another hip injury. The most common symptoms of hip tendonitis include:

  • Mild swelling
  • Discomfort and tenderness
  • Loss of motion
  • Pain that builds gradually, although it may appear suddenly

If your symptoms don’t improve with rest and home care after just a few days, then you may have a torn tendon in your hip, also called hip flexor tendonitis. You should seek professional hip tendonitis treatment with one of the experts at Redefine Healthcare. An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward a cure.

Causes of Hip Tendonitis

Hip tendonitis generally evolves gradually through repetitive motions, as opposed to sudden, awkward movements. Tendonitis usually results from your job activities, exercise, or sports that rely on strenuous hip movements, such as aerobics, basketball, and gymnastics. Continuous repetition overstresses your tendons if you’re using an improper technique. Other athletic activities that lead to hip tendonitis include:

  • Bowling
  • Running
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Martial arts
  • Soccer
  • Hockey

Jobs that force you into repetitive motions or long periods of vibration can also be responsible for hip tendonitis. Hip flexor tendonitis is a particularly uncomfortable form of hip pain. The hip flexor consists of the group of muscles at the front of the hip. These muscles permit you to bend your knee up towards your torso. Hip flexor tendonitis is especially common when athletes don’t warm up properly. Other factors include:

  • Previously weakened hip flexor muscles
  • Stiffness in a leg
  • Falls or impact to your hip

Hip Tendonitis Treatment

The specialists at Redefine Healthcare in New Jersey usually diagnose tendonitis through a physical exam. Still, they may order imaging tests to eliminate any other possibilities, such as referred pain from the lower back, a pinched nerve or small compression fractures.

When treating tendonitis, your doctor’s goal is to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. If your tendonitis is mild, the treatment protocol may include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If your condition is more severe, you may require more intensive treatments. For tendonitis hip flexor treatment, you often receive some combination of the following:

  • Oral over-the-counter pain relievers. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs available without a prescription reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Steroid injections. Although not useful for long-term tendonitis, corticosteroids temporarily alleviate inflammation and reduce pain.
  • Physical therapy. Particularly helpful for tendonitis in hip flexor treatment, an expert physical therapist designs a personalized program to increase the strength and flexibility in your hips.

In the most extreme cases, more invasive treatment may be necessary. At Redefine Healthcare, you can receive procedures that include:

  • Dry needling. This treatment uses thin needles that pierce the tendon multiple times to stimulate healing.
  • Ultrasonic treatment. After making a small incision, the specialist removes the scar tissue with ultrasonic sound waves.
  • Surgery. If hip tendonitis is left untreated, it can worsen and eventually lead to a ruptured tendon. A torn tendon in the hip is a severe condition that usually requires surgery.

Tendons that remain inflamed for several weeks or months can slowly degenerate, developing abnormal blood vessels. This condition is called tendinosis. Don’t let your condition get worse. Contact the experts at Redefine Healthcare today.

This page was published on Oct 9, 2019, modified on Oct 6, 2021 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare
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