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Hip Pain

Silicon Valley Orthopaedics

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Fremont, CA, Los Gatos, CA & Menlo Park, CA

Hip pain, whether due to an acute injury, overuse, or a degenerative condition like arthritis, can be disabling. If hip pain is limiting your mobility, Nic Gay, MD, Masi Reynolds, MD, George Thabit III, MD, and the team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in Fremont, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, and Foster City, California, can help. They provide cutting-edge onsite diagnostics and innovative treatments for hip. To arrange an appointment, call Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today or use the online booking form.

Hip Pain Q & A

What are the causes of hip pain?

Acute hip pain is likely to result from an injury, such as a fractured bone or dislocated joint. Auto accidents and sports injuries are common causes of this type of trauma. You could also damage your hip in a fall — older people, especially those with osteoporosis, are particularly vulnerable to these hip injuries.

In addition to trauma, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage in your hip could experience overuse injuries, which typically develop slowly. Chronic hip pain is likely to be due to gradual deterioration of the joint as you get older.

Conditions causing hip pain that the Silicon Valley Orthopaedics team sees most often include:

  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Labral tears
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteus medius tears
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip instability
  • Proximal hamstring tears
  • Snapping hip

Finding the root cause of hip pain ensures that you receive the most effective treatments.

What methods are used to diagnose hip pain?

The Silicon Valley Orthopaedics team diagnoses your hip pain after a comprehensive physical examination. They also evaluate your hip movement and look at your medical history. During the consultation, they ask questions about your pain, such as how it began, what it feels like, and what makes it worse or better.

Following your exam, you might need to undergo one or more diagnostic imaging tests. Silicon Valley Orthopaedics uses X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to confirm their preliminary diagnosis and assess the damage to your hip joint.

What treatments can relieve hip pain?

The Silicon Valley Orthopaedics team designs a personalized treatment plan for you based on what they find during the diagnostic process. Other factors such as your lifestyle, additional health concerns, and age also play a part.

Treatments that could feature in your rehabilitation program include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Biologic injections

Biologics, sometimes referred to as regenerative medicine, contain substances like stem cells taken from amniotic fluid or BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate). PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are another biological treatment.

Do I need surgery for hip pain?

If your hip pain is due to a severe injury like a fracture, you might require urgent surgery to repair the damage followed by a period of immobilization.

Hip pain that’s severe and affecting your mobility might necessitate total hip replacement surgery. The procedure is usually required to treat advanced arthritis.

If hip pain is interfering with your quality of life, call Silicon Valley Orthopaedics to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.