If you’re like most, you probably pay little to no attention to your hip joints until something goes wrong. Hip pain is among the more common complaints that men and women bring to Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center. Regardless of your age or the cause of your hip pain, the Life Orthopaedic team can help you find lasting relief and enjoy a healthy and active life. Schedule your appointment today, either by phone or using the simple online scheduling tool. We proudly serve Atlanta and conveniently located surrounding communities of Buckhead, Dunwoody, and South Atlanta areas.
The ball-and-socket joints in your hip are the largest joints in your entire body. These joints are incredibly strong and durable, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to damage. Over time, the bones, muscles, cartilage, nerves, and tendons in your hip can deteriorate or weaken, leaving you at an increased risk of hip pain.
Some of the more common causes of hip pain include:
Many men and women assume that a hip fracture is the most common cause of hip pain, but many types of hip pain are unrelated to fracture.
You might notice pain within the hip joint itself, but it’s not uncommon for conditions affecting the hip to cause pain in nearby areas. This is known as referred pain, and you may notice discomfort in these areas:
Your pain may be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent.
Minor hip pain may lessen with over-the-counter pain relief medications and a couple of days of rest. If your pain persists, it’s a good idea to have it checked out by an orthopaedic specialist to determine the cause.
You should seek swift medical attention if any of the following occur:
Be prepared to discuss the series of events that led up to your hip pain, and to provide a thorough health history and list of current medications.
Your treatment plan depends on the cause of your hip pain as well as your overall health. If an infection is to blame, a course of antibiotics can help clear it up and relieve pain. If you’ve simply strained the joint, you might be advised to rest and try anti-inflammatory medications while the joint heals.
If there is physical damage, surgery could be the best treatment option. Surgical repairs might include using pins, plates, and screws to reinforce the joint. Total hip replacement is also an option, but more conservative treatments are considered first.
If you’re living with serious or ongoing hip pain, schedule a consultation at Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center to begin a path toward healthy, pain-free function. Online scheduling is one option, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to set up your visit.