Hip Pain & Injury Treatment
As the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body, hips can withstand a lot of repetitive motion. But with age and overuse, the cartilage can wear down, muscles can become exhausted and tendons can weaken. Traumatic falls and other sudden injuries can also cause the hip bone to fracture. These instances can lead to hip pain symptoms that can disrupt every day activities and limit athletic abilities.
Hip injuries don’t favor one age group over another. Adolescent athletes can suffer from overuse or traumatic injuries, while senior adults can experience weakening joints and sudden falls. Access Sports Medicine’s goal is to establish the cause of the hip pain and utilize the least invasive treatment possible to resolve the problem.
Common hip conditions and injuries that can cause pain include:
- FAI (femoral acetabular impingement)
- Labral tears
- Bone fractures
- Cartilage damage
Injuries to the hip may affect the hip socket joint (femoral acetabular joint) or the muscles and ligaments that surround and support the hip socket joint. There are some hip injuries that can become chronic because of wear and tear and degeneration of the hip joint.
The first goal in assessing hip pain is to establish where the problem came from. Was it a sudden trauma? Or has the injury and pain been developing or worsening over time? A physical evaluation is also required to assess the function of the hip joint and any possibly deficits or abnormalities.
A physician will also request digital imaging of the hip joint, like an X-ray, MRI or ultrasound. This helps pinpoint where the cause of the hip pain is coming from.
The severity of the condition will determine the exact course of treatment, but many orthopaedic hip injuries can be successfully treated non-surgically with:
- Physical therapy
- Temporary changes in activity
- Biologics and injections
Often, a simple problem can develop into something more complex and serious if left untreated. When joint pain/injuries don’t recover after resting, they should be evaluated to determine the severity of the injury and the appropriate treatment.