Hip pain is often a problem for older people, but it also affects the young and physically active. Whatever your age, if you're expiring hip pain, the Michigan Pain Specialists team can help. At their locations in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, the pain management experts use conservative therapies and advanced interventions such as joint injections to relieve hip pain and increase your mobility. Call Michigan Pain Specialists to find out more about managing hip pain, or book an appointment online today.
Acute hip pain might be due to a fracture of one or more bones in the joint following an auto accident or other trauma. Hip fractures from falls are a common issue in older age.
The hip could also dislocate, where the ball-shaped top of the femur comes away from its socket. Physically active people can experience muscle and tendon strains and sprained ligaments, which also cause acute pain.
Chronic hip pain develops slowly and is often a result of conditions such as:
Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) results from years of wear-and-tear that erodes the protective cartilage covering the ends of your bones. Exposed bones rub together, creating friction and inflammation, chronic pain, and stiffness.
Bursae are little sacs of liquid inside some of your joints that provide cushioning and stop bones, tendons, and muscles from becoming inflamed. Overuse can sometimes put the bursae under pressure and lead to inflammation and pain.
A labral tear occurs in the cartilage (labrum) that keeps the ball part of your hip joint securely in its socket. The labrum can tear suddenly because of an injury, but labral tears are more likely to occur as a result of repetitive strain.
The Michigan Pain Specialists team has considerable experience in diagnosing hip pain. They perform a comprehensive physical exam, discuss your symptoms, and check the mobility of your hips. Reviewing your medical history, current health, and lifestyle also provides important clues.
You might need to undergo tests as well, most likely X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan. These diagnostics help your provider confirm their preliminary diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of your hip pain. They also reveal the extent of any tissue damage.
Unless you have a fracture or dislocation that requires urgent surgery, your treatment plan is likely to include conservative interventions, such as rest and activity modification, ice packs, physical therapy, massage therapy, and medications.
For people whose hip pain doesn't improve after several months, the Michigan Pain Specialists team also offers a range of advanced treatment options, including:
Aspiration (fluid extraction) of the bursa might be necessary if you have swelling due to bursitis.
There are effective therapies for hip problems, so don't struggle with pain and loss of mobility any longer. Call Michigan Pain Specialists today or book an appointment online.