HIP PAIN & TREATMENT
Orthopaedic Care for Hip Pain
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that provides the large range of motion needed to perform daily activities. Stair-climbing, jumping and even walking can become difficult when hip pain, instability or disability occurs. Hip conditions or injuries can affect anyone, but are usually more common in women and middle-aged or elderly people. Hip fractures, cartilage tears, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and sciatica are just a few of the many issues that can arise in the hip joint.
Cary Orthopaedics’ physicians focus on identifying the underlying cause of your symptoms and providing an appropriate course of treatment. Depending on your diagnosis, our orthopaedic experts may recommend arthroscopic surgery or a more conservative non-operative treatment, such as injections or physical therapy.
If the condition is more severe or advanced, we have orthopaedic physicians on staff who specialize in performing partial hip replacements or total joint replacements.
- Pain or aching in the groin or buttock region
- Gradual limitations of routine daily activities like walking or putting on shoes due to pain or fatigue
- Limping and stiffness
- Hindrance in ability to perform job duties
- Interference or cessation of your recreational activities
- Awakens you at night despite taking analgesic or anti-inflammatory medications
Your orthopaedic physician will perform a physical exam, which will include history of illness, physical examination and x-rays, to determine the appropriate course of treatment. The physical examination often will reveal moderate limitation of hip mobility, especially in moderate to advanced cases of arthritis, along with pain upon moving the joint.
Treatment depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Whenever possible, we use hip physical therapy or alternative non-invasive treatments such as rest, ice and heat application; weight loss; or anti-inflammatory medication to delay or avoid surgery or hip replacement. However, many patients may require surgery to reduce pain and improve function.
At Cary Orthopaedics, our skilled doctors have high success rates and rapid recovery times with hip surgeries such as total hip arthroplasty.