Long-term hip pain causes misery to many different people from various walks of life. Examples of hip pain can be diverse- perhaps you have overdone it while exercising, twisted or fallen whilst exercising or suffered trauma. Hip pain is usually caused by inflamed soft tissues and can often be relieved over a few days. Long-term hip pain can be caused by specific conditions in childhood and as adults such as hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, SUFE (Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis) and secondary issues such as Avascular Necrosis (or osteonecrosis) and osteophytes, bony cysts which can develop on the surface of the hip.
Hip joint pain caused by any of these issues can be experienced in the groin, down the front of the leg and into the knee. Sometimes knee pain is the only complaint but this can signal a hip problem, as it can be referred pain, which is common in hip injuries. Hip pain may also be felt in the back of legs and buttocks or pain may be pointed out as being at the side of the hip.
Treatment options for hip pain
In some cases your hip pain may get better without treatment or with simple self help techniques such as rest and recuperation, muscle strengthening and topical or oral pain relief. You should consider seeing a trained professional if you are experiencing extreme pain or if the movement or pain has not improved with painkillers after two weeks. You should see a doctor immediately if you have sustained a fall or injury to your hip or the pain is getting worse rather than better. You should also consult a doctor if you are feeling unwell and are losing weight alongside hip pain.
Surgery options such as arthroscopy using keyhole techniques or other reconstructive hip surgery like osteotomy or partial hip replacement may be offered to prolong the life of the hip joint before inevitably replacing the full hip where more complex injury or degenerative pain is suffered.
A good diagnosis and treatment plan can help to ease your pain
If you’re suffering with the misery that is long term or intense hip pain, then time is of the essence to ensure the correct diagnosis, and surgery or rehabilitation. Don’t suffer with your hip pain unnecessarily. Seek treatment and advice from us. With over 25 years experience in his field, Mr Rahul Jain and his team can ensure you have an accurate and speedy diagnosis, and can help to arrange the best treatment to relieve your pain and increase your movement. Call us today to discuss your needs and take steps to effectively treat your hip pain.