Non-arthritic hip pain
Grant Padley, D.O. is a sports medicine physician and orthopedic surgeon on staff at Banner Estrella Medical Center. His office can be reached at (602) 277-6211.
Question: Many people experience hip pain due to arthritis, but can you discuss some of the other common causes and treatments of hip pain that are not cause by arthritis?
Answer: Hip pain can be the result of a number of causes not associated with arthritis. Some common causes of non-arthritic hip pain include: fractures, inflammation in the hip joint, and femeroacetabular impingement (friction caused by abnormally shaped hip bones).
Arthritic hip pain is typically described as a “constant achy” pain that’s felt in the groin area and increases with physical activity and prolonged use. Non-arthritic hip pain, however, is often felt deep in the front of the hip, on the side, and in the buttocks.
How hip pain is treated depends on the cause of the pain. Treatment should be sought after an injury that limits your ability to move or perform routine activities as you normally would. Additionally, any hip pain that doesn’t go away after 2-3 weeks of conservative therapy – which includes anti-inflammatory medication, ice, rest, and activity modification – should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Your provider can conduct a physical examination and order any tests or films that may be necessary to properly diagnose the source of your hip pain.
Conservative treatment is always the first and preferred approach to treating hip pain. However, when attempts to address hip pain through conservative methods are not successful, arthroscopic surgery might be necessary. Hip arthroscopy, a very specialized surgery performed at Banner Estrella, is used to repair tissues and structures of the hip, or remove loose bodies that are not supposed to be there.
Regardless of the source of your hip pain, there are a number of treatment options (conservative, surgical, or in combination) that can be very successful in returning you to your pre-injury state, whether you are a weekend warrior or professional athlete.