When your hip hurts, it affects every part of your day. Hip pain can be chronic or acute and come from an injury or disease process.
If your pain keeps you from your everyday activities, it could be from a common problem — inflammation. Inflammation in your body causes various issues, including pain in your joints.
At Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our team specializes in joint problems, such as hip pain. If your hip hurts and you’re worried about inflammation, our team of six orthopedic surgeons has the knowledge and treatments to get you back on your feet.
Signs of a hip problem
Pain in or around your hip joint isn’t normal. If you have pain in this area or your groin, buttocks, or thigh, you could be dealing with a problem in your hip joint.
You can get hip pain after an injury, such as a fall or car accident. Hip pain is also due to a chronic joint problem, such as osteoarthritis or age-related wear-and-tear.
If you have an issue in your hip joint, the biggest red flag is usually pain around the joint. The pain may come and go or be constant. Other tell-tale signs of a hip issue include:
- Decreased range of motion
- Dull ache in your groin or thigh
- Limping or trouble walking
- Pain that’s worse after sitting
Depending on the cause of your pain, these symptoms may be constant or get better after you move around. They range in severity from mild to completely debilitating.
You may have trouble walking or climbing stairs with some forms of hip pain. If your pain doesn’t get better, you must seek treatment before your hip joint gets any worse.
What’s causing your pain?
Your hip joint is composed of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. All these components can become inflamed, leading to pain and discomfort within your joint.
If you haven’t suffered an injury in your hip, the most likely cause of your pain is some form of inflammation. When you have inflammation in your hip, it’s often due to conditions, such as:
Tendonitis occurs when the tendons in your hip joint are inflamed. This condition usually happens from overuse of the joint from strenuous exercise or activity. Tendinitis often resolves on its own with rest and home care.
Trochanteric bursitis is another inflammatory condition that causes pain in your hip. Bursitis happens when the bursa or fluid-filled sacs in your joint become inflamed from overuse or injury.
Various forms of arthritis affect your joints. Inflammatory arthritis happens when your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, causing inflammation and pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout are all forms of inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects your hip joint and causes pain and stiffness in the morning or after inactivity.
What’s the next step?
If you’re having hip pain that’s not getting better, the team at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help. At your appointment, our team evaluates your pain and checks your mobility to determine possible causes of your hip pain.
Our team reviews your symptoms and performs a physical exam. They then have you undergo imaging studies, like an MRI or X-ray. These studies allow our team to see what’s going on in your hip joint that’s causing discomfort.
Depending on the cause of your pain, our team creates a customized treatment plan. If your pain is due to inflammation, rest and other conservative treatments can help. Traditional measures also include physical therapy, joint injections, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Sometimes, our team recommends surgery when other treatments haven’t helped your pain. Surgery typically involves an arthroscopy, a minimally invasive way for our team to see inside your joint and fix any problems during the procedure.
If you need to evaluate your hip pain, call our team at one of our three locations in McKinney, Prosper, and Sherman, Texas, to schedule an appointment. You can also book a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons using our online scheduling tool.