Hip pain can affect far more than your joints. It often radiates into your legs, abdomen, and back. If you’re finding it difficult to get any relief from hip pain, the Health East Medical Alliance team can help. The practice has offices at Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island in New York, and in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey. Their team offers effective non-invasive treatments as well as steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and cutting-edge hip replacement surgery. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Hip pain could be caused by a fracture or dislocation of the joint. This can happen in an auto accident, fall, or when playing sports. Fractures are also quite common in older people, especially if they have osteoporosis, which weakens the bones.
Arthritis is one of the most likely causes of chronic hip pain. The inflammatory condition rheumatoid arthritis can affect your hips, but osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage — a tough, slippery coating on the ends of your bones — wears down after years of use. Exposed bones start to rub together, causing inflammation and joint pain. Your hips are particularly vulnerable to osteoarthritis.
Other possible causes of hip pain include trochanteric bursitis (inflammation in the fluid-filled sacs that protect the joint), snapping hip syndrome, labral tears, sprains, and strains.
A fracture or dislocation of the hip is likely to require immediate medical care at a hospital emergency room. For non-emergency hip pain, Health East Medical Alliance offers a selection of proven treatments.
Your doctor develops a personalized treatment program for you that’s likely to include physical therapy, medication, and rest. Your treatment program will depend on your condition, how severe your symptoms are, and your age and health.
If these initial treatments don’t relieve your hip pain, you can have steroid injections into the joint. Steroids reduce inflammation and can be effective for several months. The injections often contain a local anesthetic for fast, if brief, pain relief. Another option is radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat to destroy nerve endings in the hip.
For many patients, non-surgical treatments are very effective in relieving hip pain. There are times, though, when surgery might be advisable. Advanced arthritis is the most likely reason for requiring hip surgery.
Joint replacement surgery involves the Health East Medical Alliance team taking away the damaged bone in your joints and putting in artificial parts. Hip replacement surgery is usually a highly successful way to relieve pain when other treatments no longer work.
To find out which treatment will best relieve your hip pain, call Health East Medical Alliance today or book an appointment online.