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Hip Pain

Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Lake Charles, LA & Moss Bluff, LA

Hip pain is an often-seen problem, especially in people 65 and older. If you experience hip pain that doesn’t respond to conservative at-home treatments, don’t wait to seek professional help. At the Center for Orthopaedics, the experienced orthopedic surgeons provide accurate diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of hip conditions. Call the office today or schedule online to make an appointment at the practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is hip pain?

Hip pain is any stiffness or general discomfort that affects one or both of your hip joints. You might experience pain on the outer edge of your hip. Or the pain might extend into your groin or thigh.

Hip pain often responds to at-home treatments, like ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication. But if your symptoms continue or they get worse, contact the team at the Center for Orthopaedics.

What causes hip pain?

Common causes of hip pain include:

  • Hip strains
  • Hip dislocations
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Hip fractures
  • Hip arthritis
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Hip dysplasia

Hip pain can also be caused by failed hip replacement surgery or other surgical complications.

When should I see an orthopedic specialist for hip pain?

Most hip pain heals on its own with rest. But if your pain comes with swelling, tenderness, soreness, warmth, or redness, it needs professional medical care. If your hip pain lasts for more than a few days or it interferes with your ability to work and exercise, make an appointment at the Center for Orthopaedics.

How is hip pain diagnosed?

Your Center for Orthopaedics provider reviews your medical history and asks you about your symptoms to diagnose hip pain. They then complete a physical exam, gently pressing on your hip to find areas of warmth, swelling, or tenderness. Your provider might also have you do some easy stretches or range-of-motion exercises.

If visual observation isn’t enough to determine what’s causing your pain, the team will order diagnostic imaging like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These advanced techniques capture photos of your hard and soft tissues. They can diagnose problems like fractures or a dislocated joint.

How is hip pain treated?

How hip pain is treated depends on how severe your symptoms are and how they affect your daily life. The Center for Orthopaedics team uses nonsurgical hip treatments whenever possible, as conservative care is often effective.

For example, your provider might recommend:

  • Emergency hip care (OrthoExpress)
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Sports medicine
  • Athletic training
  • Bone health care
  • Pediatric hip care

If conservative treatments don’t provide relief, the team also offers several kinds of hip surgery, including:

  • Total hip replacement
  • MAKO® SmartRobotic™ hip surgery
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Revision hip surgery

To learn more about the available treatments for hip pain, make an appointment at the Center for Orthopaedics. Call the office today or click the online scheduling feature.