Hip pain can be annoying or severe enough to stop you from doing the activities you love. David Silverberg, MD, at Silver State Orthopedics in Las Vegas can show you the cause of your hip pain and start you on the path to pain-free living. To find out more, click or call to schedule a consultation today.
Hip Pain Q & A
What causes hip pain?
Hip pain can arise from any structure within or near the hip joint. These structures include:
The femoral head is the ball of the ball-and-socket joint. It is the topmost portion of your femur or thigh bone.
The acetabulum is the socket of the ball-and-socket joint. The acetabulum is a part of your pelvic bone that is surrounded by cartilage and bursa.
Ligaments connect the femoral head to the acetabulum and provide stability.
There are numerous muscles surround your hip, including your gluteal muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings, and pelvic muscles.
Nerves in the hip provide communication between your brain and the muscles in your hip. Problems with the nerves in your spine, pelvis, hip, and leg may cause hip pain and dysfunction.
What conditions cause hip pain?
A variety of conditions can affect different structures of your hip and cause pain. Some of the most common conditions include:
- Labral tear
- Sprains and strains
- Pinched nerves
The type of hip pain you experience can provide a clue about the cause of your pain. Some hip pain may be dull and achy, whereas other conditions may cause sharp, shooting sensations, or a feeling that your leg will give out.
How is hip pain diagnosed?
Dr. Silverberg diagnoses hip pain based on a thorough evaluation and exam. Your consultation will involve a review of your medical history and exam of your hip and surrounding structures. The exam will assess your range of motion, flexibility, balance, and movements that cause or relieve pain.
If a structural problem is suspected, Dr. Silverberg will order X-rays and MRIs as needed. With this information, Dr. Silverberg will diagnose the cause of your hip pain and discusses your treatment options.
How is hip pain treated?
Your treatment plan will be based on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. In cases with milder pain, you may begin with physical therapy to improve the function of your hip joint.
If your pain is more severe or physical therapy provides limited relief, corticosteroids may be given to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. For chronic pain or cases that are not resolved with conservative methods, Dr. Silverberg will provide surgical options.
If you want to put you hip pain behind you, click or call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Silverberg at Silver State Orthopedics today.