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Hip Pain

Louisiana Pain Specialists -  - Pain Management

Louisiana Pain Specialists

Pain Management & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in New Orleans, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Laplace, & Metairie, LA

Hip pain may be acute if you break or dislocate the joint or slowly progress if you have a degenerative condition like arthritis. Whatever's causing your hip pain, the expert team at Louisiana Pain Specialists can help. With offices in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, and New Orleans, Louisiana, they diagnose and treat hip pain of all types without invasive surgery. Find out how to ease the burden of hip pain by calling your nearest Louisiana Pain Specialists office or book an appointment online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

Many things can lead to hip pain, such as:

  • Lying on one side for too long
  • Joint overuse
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Sitting awkwardly
  • Trauma (fractures and dislocations)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

Hip pain is more likely to occur as you grow older, especially if you have osteoarthritis.

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell precisely where your hip pain originates. For example, if your pain is inside the hip or in your groin, it could be a problem with your hip joint; if the pain is just outside your hip in your upper thigh or buttock, you may have muscle or soft tissue damage.

What should I do if I have hip pain?

If you experience pain in your hips, try to avoid putting pressure on them; rest and keep the weight off your hip as much as possible, and don't sit or lie on the painful side. Over-the-counter pain relievers can sometimes be effective.

You can apply cold packs to your hip if you have swelling, but don't leave them on the joint for more than 15 minutes at a time; you can do this several times a day. In addition, low-impact exercise like swimming and stretching may relieve chronic hip pain, and a warm bath or shower helps by relaxing your muscles.

If your hip pain persists, contact Louisiana Pain Specialists to find out why and get the proper treatment.

What treatment might I need for hip pain?

Before creating a treatment plan for your hip pain, your provider at Louisiana Pain Specialists needs to determine the cause. They do this by performing a physical examination, discussing your symptoms, and looking through your medical history.

In many cases, X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests might be necessary. These tests can confirm a diagnosis and provide detailed information about the location and severity of the tissue damage. Depending on what's causing your hip pain, treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Lifestyle changes

Weight loss, where necessary, can often significantly treat hip pain as it reduces the stress on these joints.

If you're finding every day a challenge because of hip pain, find out why and get relief by contacting your local office of Louisiana Pain Specialists. Call or book an appointment online today.