Medically Reviewed by Dr. Zachary Byrd
Hip Pain in Columbus & New Albany, Ohio
Our hips are a fundamental part of daily living. We use them to walk, run, climb, and so much more. Naturally, it can be very unsettling when we start to feel pain or stiffness in our hip. Perhaps you currently find yourself in this situation and are dreading the thought of hip replacement surgery.
Our expert team at JIS Orthopedics is dedicated to trying minimally invasive treatments to help relieve your pain before recommending a hip replacement. For your convenience, we have offices located in New Albany, Athens, and St. Clairsville. Schedule an appointment today to get started on the road to relief!
What Is Hip Pain?
Hip pain involves physical discomfort in or around your hip joint. Many times, you feel the pain caused by your hip joint in your groin, thighs, or knees.
Since your hip joint is the largest weight-bearing ball and socket joint in your body, this kind of pain can have a major impact on your life. Your hip injury pain can range anywhere from mild to severe.
Common Conditions Associated with Hip Pain
There are many common conditions that can be associated with hip pain. Below you will find an extensive list of these ailments that could be the source of your hip pain.
Arthritis is one of the most common causes of a painful hip.>A healthy hip joint is a ball and socket with a protective layer of articular cartilage that allows your hip bones to glide together with very little friction. Osteoarthritis affects people aged 60 and older when the articular cartilage in their hip joint wears down or is damaged, causing bones to constantly grind together and produce inflammation.
Cartilage injury can occur by means of a traumatic injury or be the result of wear and tear that happens over time. If the cartilage is damaged, it can no longer provide a smooth surface for the bones to move against, which can lead to hip pain.
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is a painful condition that occurs when additional bone grows along one or both hip bones that form the hip joint. This changes the way your bones move together, causing friction. This friction can be painful and cause your range of motion to diminish.
Thankfully, femoroacetabular impingement can often be managed through minimally invasive hip arthroscopy. However, in some cases, hip replacement surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
On the outside area of your hip, there is a fluid-filled sac called a bursa, which cushions your joints. If your bursa becomes inflamed even slightly, it can become quite painful. You may be at higher risk for hip bursitis, or even trochanteric bursitis, if you are overweight or have gout, or if you are a runner or regular stair climber.
You can be susceptible to sustaining a hip fracture regardless of your age. Hip fractures can be caused by high-impact falls, other traumatic incidents, and bone loss. Patients with osteoporosis are at risk for fractures even without high-impact trauma. This serious injury should be addressed without delay to prevent additional health issues from developing.
If you have a labral tear, you will most likely experience pain in your hip and groin, stiffness, and limited range of motion. A labral tear will usually require surgery. Thankfully, surgical treatment can be minimally invasive.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic disorder that affects your entire body, including your hip joint. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear, RA inflammation is connected to your immune system, attacking the tissues of your body. Severe RA can cause joint disease.
Tendon tears are another cause of hip pain. The tendons are the tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. If one of these tendons becomes torn, it can cause pain in the hip area.
When Should I See a Hip Specialist?
You should seek the assistance of a hip specialist if you notice that you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Limited range of motion
- Pressure and/or tightness
- Feeling a locking or catching sensation in your hip joint
- Hip pain while performing an activity and after the activity is completed
- Pain in your hip and groin area that increases with motion
Hip Joint Pain Diagnosis
To accurately diagnose your hip pain, your doctor will first review your medical history and ask for a detailed summary of your symptoms. A physical examination will then be completed.
To get a diagnostic view and identify any structural abnormalities, labral tears, hip fractures, or other cartilage damage, your specialist may also request the use of X-rays, a CT scan, and/or an MRI.
Non-Operative Hip Pain Treatment Options
Aside from rest, the following non-operative hip pain treatment options can prove to be very helpful:
- Orthobiologic Injections
- Steroid Injections
- Physical Therapy
Operative Hip Pain Treatment Options
If the non-operative treatment options do not provide enough relief, your doctor may recommend hip surgery. Hip conditions that are more serious in nature may require a total hip replacement. Additional operative treatment options include:
- Arthroscopic Hip Preservation Surgery
- Fracture Treatment
- Labral Repair
- Tendon Repair
- Abductor Tendon Repair
- Joint Replacement
Hip injuries can profoundly impact your quality of life. However, you do not have to manage your hip pain on your own. Schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today at one of our offices located in New Albany, Athens, and St. Clairsville! We look forward to assisting you!