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:

  • Arthritis
  • 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.

Treatment Options

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:

  • Medications
  • 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.

 

Locations

Dover

19 Webb Place
Dover, NH 03820

Rochester

120 Washington Street Suite 101
Rochester, NH 03839

Portsmouth

155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 102
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Plaistow

13 Plaistow Road
Plaistow, NH 03865

Raymond

6 Freetown Road
Raymond, NH 03077

Exeter

1 Hampton Road
Exeter, NH 03833

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The percentage of hip fractures caused by falling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Managing Hip Pain

There are many treatment options available for the various hip conditions that may be causing pain. Our orthopaedic physicians can determine the best plan to help patients manage hip pain and resume daily activities.

Our staff understands and recognizes the importance of providing current and accurate workers’ compensation information and patient progress reports in a timely manner. Above all, our focus is on the recovery process and getting patients back to work quickly.

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Specializing Doctors

All Access Sports Medicine orthopaedic surgeons and providers are trained in the diagnosis and initial management of hip pain and injuries.

David Davis, MD

Dr. Davis specializes in hip preservation surgery, which seeks to repair many types of injuries in a damaged hip joint that can lead to pain and arthritis if left untreated.

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What is FAI (femoral acetabular impingement)?

This condition occurs when an extra bone grows along the bones that form the hip joint. Because the extra bone prevents the rest from fitting together comfortably, movement and activity can cause pain. There are non-surgical and surgical options for treating this condition.

What is hip dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia refers to a condition where the hip socket doesn’t completely cover the ball of the upper thighbone. Because of this, the hip joint can become dislocated and the cartilage can wear out faster than one of a normal shape. Those with hip dysplasia are typically born with the condition, but milder cases can start showing symptoms during adolescence and young adulthood.

Do I need hip replacement surgery?

When non-surgical treatment options like physical therapy are ineffective, patients may be ideal candidates for hip replacement surgery. An orthopaedic surgeon will determine the how successful a hip replacement could be by assessing the patient’s overall health and activity level.