Hip Pain

Colorado Clinic

Chronic Pain & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO & Loveland, CO

Damaged or diseased hip joints can result in extensive pain that significantly affects your mobility. If you’re experiencing chronic hip pain, Colorado Clinic can help. At the practice’s offices in Colorado Springs, Loveland, and Greeley, Colorado, the experienced physicians provide conservative treatment programs and advanced interventions to address the cause of your condition. To discover how they can help relieve your hip pain, call Colorado Clinic or book an appointment online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is hip pain?

Hips are large joints that have to bear considerable weight even when you’re not standing or walking. They might suffer trauma from a car or work accident, fall, or when playing sports, and cause acute hip pain. Hips can also develop chronic conditions that lead to long-lasting and sometimes worsening pain.

Common causes of hip pain among patients at Colorado Clinic include:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of hip pain. It develops when the protective coating of cartilage on the ends of the hip bones wears away over the years, causing bone friction and joint inflammation. 

The result is steadily worsening hip pain, stiffness, and loss of use. Many other types of arthritis can affect the hips, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Bursitis

Bursitis is another common cause of chronic hip pain that usually develops from overuse. It most often affects the trochanteric bursa on the outside of your hips.

Hip fractures

Fractures are breaks in the hip bones that result from trauma. Older people with osteoporosis, which weakens the bones, are especially vulnerable to hip fractures.

Labral tears

The labrum is a piece of cartilage inside the socket part of your hip joint that helps hold the ball part of the joint in place. Injuries to the labrum can cause hip pain and instability. The articular cartilage on the ends of your bones could also suffer an injury that causes hip pain.

Another possible cause of hip pain is sciatica, where pain radiates through the hip from your lower back.

How is hip pain diagnosed?

When diagnosing hip pain, your provider at Colorado Clinic looks over your medical history and asks for details of your symptoms. They also conduct a physical exam, looking for obvious signs of trauma or hip damage and assessing your range of motion.

Diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI can confirm or exclude possible diagnoses. They also provide valuable information about the nature of the hip damage and pinpoint its origin.

How is hip pain treated?

Each patient at Colorado Clinic receives individual treatment suited to their specific needs. Depending on the severity of any pain or damage and the cause of your condition, your provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot and cold treatments
  • Lifestyle changes (e.g., weight loss)
  • Steroid joint injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation

Colorado Clinic also specializes in biologic treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), to stimulate healing. This therapy proves to be highly effective in relieving hip pain for most people.

To find the hip pain treatments that work for you, call Colorado Clinic today or book an appointment online.