Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Hip pain? You’re not alone. One in four people develop hip pain caused by symptomatic osteoarthritis in their lifetime (source: CDC). For many people, hip pain sets in much too early in life (not that there’s ever a “good” time), causing you to become less physically active and keeping you away from the things you enjoy.
If you experience hip pain, your primary care doctor may refer you to an orthopedic physician for specialized care. At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, your treatment experience may include one of these therapies:
#1 Medications for Hip Pain
There are several medications that may help you deal with hip pain. (No medications can “cure” hip pain or osteoarthritis.) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, are typically used as a first-line therapy. Similar drugs are available in a topical form. Some patients who need more aggressive pain medicine may benefit from steroid injections; however, these are not intended for long-term use.
#2 Exercises for Hip Pain
Exercise and physical therapy are some of the most natural and–in some cases–effective ways of reducing hip pain. By strengthening the joint and maintaining a range of motion, you may find your hip pain improves. Your orthopedic physician may provide you with some exercises you can do at home or refer you to a physical therapist for care.
#3 Surgery for Hip Pain
If medication and exercise/physical therapy do not produce the desired results (or if those therapies are not viable options for you), then your orthopedic physician may suggest a total hip replacement procedure.
Hip replacement is a very safe, proven surgery that can restore mobility and provide relief from hip pain caused by osteoarthritis. At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, I prefer Stryker Implants. Stryker implants are stronger, offer a variety of femoral systems, and allow for increased range of motion. You can learn more about why I prefer Stryker in this blog post.
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Talk to a Houston Orthopedic Surgeon About Hip Pain
For more information about what a Houston orthopedic physician can do for your hip pain, contact us. Call (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment with Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.