Unrelenting hip pain can affect your life in a major way, limiting your ability to walk normally, go up and down stairs, and sit or sleep comfortably. From his top-rated office in Fort Worth, Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Kraig Pepper, DO, PA provides comprehensive care for men and women with chronic hip pain, ranging from physical therapy to cortisone injections and minimally invasive hip-replacement surgery. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Like other complex, load-bearing joints, your hips are prone to age-related wear-and-tear, degenerative conditions, and a wide range of injuries and structural issues. Some of the most common causes of hip pain are:
A frequent reason for chronic hip pain is osteoarthritis or the wearing down of cartilage between the thigh bone and the hip socket. This condition, which is most common among older adults and athletes with old hip injuries, typically causes radiating hip pain that spreads to the front of your thigh or into your groin.
Tendonitis is a common overuse injury that happens when repetitive movement causes tendons that connect your muscles to your hip joint to break down and become inflamed.
Bursitis, or inflammation along the outer surface of your hip joint, is another common cause of hip pain. People with hip bursitis are more likely to experience pain when standing up, walking, or climbing stairs.
A stress fracture in your hip joint can cause chronic hip pain that worsens over time. Osteoporosis and high-impact activities are two common causes of stress fractures within the hip joint.
Exercise-related problems that can lead to persistent hip pain include groin strain, hamstring strain, hip-flexor strain, and IT band syndrome.
Before you find out exactly what’s causing your hip pain, it’s important to avoid any activities or movements that tend to exacerbate your pain, such as standing for long periods of time or sitting on the floor.
Initial care for persistent hip pain typically involves resting the joint, applying ice to reduce inflammation and swelling, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.
For most adults living with chronic hip pain, effective long-term pain management strategies include physical therapy to strengthen the joint and help keep it stable, and low-impact activities such as swimming, cycling, or walking.
Hip conditions that gradually worsen with age, such as osteoarthritis, often require joint replacement surgery to alleviate pain completely.
During hip replacement surgery, Dr. Pepper replaces the damaged bone from your hip socket, as well as the ball and upper portion of your femur, with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic. Whenever possible, he performs hip replacements using advanced minimally invasive techniques, which usually means a smaller incision and no muscle cutting for a shorter hospital stay, less pain, and faster overall recovery.
To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Pepper’s office or book online today.