Hip Pain Treatment in New York City
What is hip pain?
Joints are points in your body where two bones connect, providing your body with range of motion and flexibility. Your hip joint is composed of two essential parts: the femoral head and the acetabulum. The femoral head is a ball-shaped structure at the top of your femur, also known as your thighbone. The acetabulum is a cup-like structure located at the base of your pelvis that holds the femoral head. Together, these two structures form one of the largest weight-carrying joints in your body, helping to balance and support your body in various actives.
As strong and powerful as your hip joint may be, hip pain can have a direct impact on your overall mobility and quality of life. Hip pain, which is defined as any pain that occurs in the hip joint or surrounding areas, can occur for a variety of reasons, including sudden trauma or slow decay of bone and cartilage. At David Mayman MD, we provide effective treatment solutions, such as the total hip replacement procedure, to help restore damaged hip joints, alleviate hip pain, restore mobility, and help you get back in the game.
What causes hip pain?
Various underlying issues, including certain diseases, injuries, or other conditions, can cause hip pain. Hip pain can be short-term or long-term. Long-term, or chronic, hip pain is most commonly caused by arthritis, which leads to joint inflammation, stiffness, and decreased mobility. Types of arthritis that may cause hip pain include:
- Traumatic arthritis
- Infectious arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Hip pain can also occur when the hip sustains sudden trauma or injury. While older people and people with weak bones are more prone to hip injuries, even people who are in good health can experience injury or trauma to their hip joint. Hip injuries include:
- Broken hip or fracture
- Inflammation of the bursae (bursitis)
- Dislocation when the femoral head becomes detached from the socket
- Damage to the cartilage located near the acetabulum (labral tear)
What are the symptoms of hip pain?
Hip pain can occur in the left or right hip, and it can occur while you are standing, walking, or engaging in other activities. Hip pain can also occur at night when you are asleep. Depending on what areas or surrounding areas of your hip have been affected, you may experience unpleasant feelings in the following areas:
- Inner area of the hip
- Outer area of the hip
- Groin area
- Outer buttock
- Upper thigh
Not all pain felt in the hip is the result of damage to the hip joint. An assessment by your doctor can help you learn whether your hip pain is joint-related.
How can my doctor diagnose the cause of my hip pain?
To help determine the cause of your hip pain, your doctor may begin by asking you to describe your medical history and any symptoms that you have been experiencing. Your doctor may also evaluate how your joint moves through observation of your gait or other physical motions. Additional testing may be required to help your doctor confirm a diagnosis. Additional testing may include:
- Blood or urine tests
- Testing of your joint fluid
- CT scans
- MRI scans
How is hip pain treated?
Depending on the cause of your hip pain, hip pain may be alleviated with appropriate self-care treatment methods. For exercise and injury-related hip pain, rest, ice, and certain medication can all be used to help alleviate pain and reduce swelling. If you experience persistent, severe hip pain, an additional evaluation by your doctor may be needed. If your doctor determines that there is an issue with the joint, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections or a total hip replacement may be recommended to help restore your mobility and get you back in the game. Click the buttons below to learn more about hip pain treatment solutions offered at David Mayman MD:
If you are experiencing hip pain that is interfering with your daily activities, a consultation with an experienced orthopaedic specialist may be the first step towards helping you regain mobility, return to your normal daily activities, and get back in the game. Here, at our practice, Dr. David Mayman provides personalized treatment solutions paired with cutting-edge technology to deliver total patient care and optimal results. Call 212.774.2024 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.