Hip Problems

Hip Problems Specialist
A well-functioning hip joint is critical to keeping your body balanced, upright, and stable. Unfortunately, hip pain is a very common complaint. It’s sometimes related to the bones, joints, and soft tissues in the hip, and can often be due to issues in other parts of your body, such as the lower back. At Greater Austin Orthopaedics, the orthopedic hip specialists can determine the cause of your hip pain and provide a customized treatment plan. With offices in South Austin, Oak Hill, North Austin, and Lockhart, Texas, Greater Austin Orthopaedics offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for all hip conditions — book an appointment online or call today.

Hip Problems Q & A

What are the primary causes of hip pain?  

You may feel hip pain in the joint itself, or you may feel pain in your groin, thighs, or buttocks. Hip pain is more common as you get older and is also more prevalent among people who:

  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Perform a great deal of heavy lifting
  • Are obese

The most common cause of chronic hip pain in women is arthritis — in particular, osteoarthritis. But hip pain can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis)
  • Ligament, tendon, or muscle problems
  • Nerve impingement in the lower back
  • Bone diseases or cancer
  • Repetitive stress

Since the causes of hip pain are so varied, it’s important to see an orthopedic hip specialist as soon as possible, so they can properly diagnose the cause of your pain.

What are some common hip injuries?

There are many hip injuries and disorders, and the doctors at Greater Austin Orthopaedics are highly skilled at diagnosing them. Some of the more common injuries include:

  • Hip fractures
  • Labral tears
  • Trochanteric bursitis (hip bursitis)
  • Hamstring strains (pulled hamstring)
  • Abductor strains (pulled groin)
  • Hip flexor strains (hip pointer)

What kind of nonsurgical hip treatment options are available?

Your hip specialist at Greater Austin Orthopaedics may determine that your injury can be best treated without surgery. These injuries typically include muscle strains, bruises, stress fractures, bursitis, and mild to moderate arthritis.

Nonsurgical treatments of hip injuries and disorders might include:

  • Activity modification
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy

When is hip replacement surgery performed?

Surgery is recommended for patients whose hip pain limits everyday activities, is chronic throughout the day and night, and is not relieved by anti-inflammatory drugs, therapy, or walking supports.

Hip replacement surgery helps restore joint function and mobility by replacing the damaged joint with artificial components. That helps relieve pain and immobility caused by arthritis, fractures, or other conditions when medication, physical therapy, and other nonsurgical treatments have failed.

If you’ve had an injury or have been experiencing pain, weakness, numbness, stiffness, or swelling in your hip, contact Greater Austin Orthopaedics today, or schedule an appointment online with an orthopedic hip specialist.

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