Hip pain can occur at any age; structural abnormalities and sports injuries cause hip pain in young adults, whereas older adults face degenerative disease and increasing risk of falls. No matter what causes your hip pain, Santa Monica has the doctors at Source Healthcare who are experts in sports medicine and pain management. They can eliminate your pain and help restore optimal function. If you are suffering from hip pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Treating & Preventing Hip Pain at Any Age
Can I Treat Hip Pain at Home?
While you can treat hip pain with over-the-counter drugs or by limiting your activities, it is important to consult the team at Source Healthcare. Hip pain has many potential causes, and some problems need immediate attention to prevent them from worsening.
Additionally, hip pain is tricky to diagnose. Your pain may come from within the hip joint, arise from muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the joint, or originate somewhere else in your body. For example, problems in your spine, pelvis, and legs can all cause pain in your hip. With help from the doctors at Source Healthcare, you’ll learn the exact cause of your pain and get a treatment that targets the underlying problem.
This is a type of arthritis that can affect people of all ages. It’s not the same as the most common form of arthritis, called “osteoarthritis.” That type commonly comes from wear and tear. Inflammatory arthritis can develop without any wear and tear at all.
Intra-articular Hip Injection
If you have pain in your hip, your doctor may inject medicine into your hip joint. It can help your doctor find where your pain is coming from. It can also make your hip feel better.
If your hip joint hurts, or if it catches or clicks when you move your leg, you may have a torn labrum. That’s a rim of tissue that surrounds the hip’s socket. It helps to deepen the socket and cushion the joint. A torn labrum can keep the hip joint from working smoothly.
PRP Therapy for Hip Arthritis
If you have arthritis in your hip, platelet rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your hip feel better and work better.
This is an irritation or swelling of the trochanteric bursa. This small, fluid-filled sac is found on the outer side of the femur. It acts as a cushion for the iliotibial band, a thick tendon in your leg.
What Causes Hip Pain?
There are many possible causes of hip pain, from dysfunction in the joint or the trauma of a sports injury to repetitive movement injuries and degenerative disease.
These are a few of the most common problems causing hip pain:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip dislocation
- Hip fracture due to injury
- Compression fracture
- Muscle strain
- Labral tear
- Hip impingement
- Inflammatory conditions (e.g., bursitis, tendinitis)
Depending on the cause of your hip pain, you may also have symptoms such as pelvic pain, loss of motion, swelling, limping, and difficulty sleeping on the painful hip.
How is Hip Pain Treated?
Once you have a diagnosis, your doctor at Source Healthcare creates a customized plan that may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or steroids, physical therapy, and temporarily modifying your activities.
An injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains growth factors that accelerate healing and trigger new tissue growth. Your doctor may recommend a stem cell injection, either alone or with PRP to enhance your results.
Stem cells can continuously produce new cells that develop into the types of tissues needed to repair the problem. When stem cells are injected directly at the site of damaged tissues, they go to work building new tissues, reducing inflammation, and relieving your pain.
Get Relief from Your Hip Pain Today
The interventional medicine specialists at Source Healthcare may recommend treatments that get to the source of your pain or by stopping nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. Examples of interventional treatments include nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation (SCS).
Call Source Healthcare to get effective relief from your hip pain in Santa Monica, or book an appointment online today.