Hip Pain Specialist

Congress Orthopaedic Associates -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Congress Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

Many people think of hip pain as a problem they will face as they get older. But between strains, sports injuries, repetitive use, and inflammatory conditions, hip pain is a common problem across all age groups. The board-certified physicians at Congress Orthopaedic Associates determine the cause of your hip pain and provide customized treatment that eases your symptoms, restores mobility, and helps you return to the activities you enjoy. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Pasadena or Arcadia, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

Hip pain originates in various locations in and around your joint, which means your pain may occur in different places. If you feel the pain inside your hip or in the groin area, the underlying problem is in the hip joint.

When you have pain on the outer side of your hip, upper thigh, or buttocks, you have a problem in the muscles and ligaments supporting the joint. However, you can also feel hip pain even when you have a healthy hip. For example, lower back and knee problems cause hip pain.

Most hip pain arises from a sudden injury, repetitive use injury, or degenerative joint disease. A few of the most common conditions responsible for hip pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Labral tear
  • Synovitis
  • Bursitis
  • Infections
  • Tendonitis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Strains and sprains
  • Hip fractures and dislocations

A painful condition called osteonecrosis occurs when the upper part of the femur (thighbone) loses its blood supply.

What symptoms accompany hip pain?

The problems that cause hip pain often result in additional symptoms, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limited movement or limping
  • Grinding or clicking during hip movement
  • Pain that’s worse when you’re active

Your pain may also feel worse when lying on the affected hip.

How is hip pain treated?

Congress Orthopaedic Associates specialists review your medical history, examine your hip, and perform diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or an MRI. Once they diagnose the cause of your hip pain, they develop a customized treatment plan that meets your unique health care needs.

A hip fracture, ligament tear, or other serious injury may need immediate surgery. Otherwise, your treatment begins with conservative therapies.

You may need to temporarily change your activities, take anti-inflammatory medications, use an assistive device, or start physical therapy. Congress Orthopaedic Associates also offers corticosteroid and hyaluronic injections.

If your pain persists or worsens, your provider may recommend surgery. Patients with advanced arthritis need joint replacement surgery. For other hip problems, your provider recommends arthroscopy.

How does arthroscopy relieve hip pain?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to examine the hip joint, diagnose the cause of your pain, and perform surgery to repair the problem. Your provider makes a small incision and inserts a slim, camera-equipped scope into the joint.

The scope sends magnified images from inside the joint to a monitor. If you need surgery, your provider repairs the problem by inserting instruments through another small incision.

If you suffer a hip injury or struggle with hip pain, don’t wait to get help. Call Congress Orthopaedic Associates or book an appointment online today.