Second only to your knee, your hips are the largest joints in your body. Joints are junctions where our bones link together, and they are essential to our ability to bear weight and move. When we experience joint pain, weakness, or stiffness in a major joint like the hip, it becomes difficult to move due to that pain.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria, VA, we are hip specialists and have an array of treatment options that can help you address Hip-Related Conditions - relieving your issues with pain and restoring your daily function.
Osteoarthritis is the most common condition that impacts the hip. Because it involves the gradual wearing away of the cartilage that cushions the bones in the hip - causing them to rub together - it’s commonly called “wear and tear” arthritis.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria, VA, we treat several joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and other joint conditions that affect the hip, including:
Hip problems can affect people young or old, but age, prior injury and excess weight are risk factors.
Hip-Related Conditions may be caused by injury to tendons or muscles involved in hip function. Problems with or injury to the bursae - small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints – can also trigger hip symptoms. Osteoarthritis is the most common underlying cause of hip symptoms. Because it bears your body weight, the hip is more likely to develop arthritis because of the constant pressure. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that also can affect the hip.
It’s important to recognize symptoms of hip problems early on so you can seek treatment sooner and prevent further loss of function and degeneration of your hip. Some of the most common hip symptoms include:
You also may experience difficulty sleeping on your hip and difficulty walking, sitting, standing or performing activities required for daily living.
We will perform a physical exam and a medical history, including questions about any activities that may have led to your present condition. For a proper diagnosis, it is common to use x-rays or imaging tests like MRIs, or ultrasounds to assess damage. Generally, ultrasound is our preferred imaging test for diagnosis of Hip-Related Conditions.
Some hip pain may resolve on its own with rest and over-the-counter medications, but other types of hip pain may persist and require treatment to resolve. Conventional treatment methods usually include the following:
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria, VA, we usually begin with the ultrasound exam and typically offer physical therapy and exercises to improve body mechanics as our first-line approach.
We may also use Dry Needling. Dry needling primarily functions to stimulate circulation in the targeted areas. Increasing blood flow to the hip can help reduce the inflammation and reduce muscle tightness that can contribute to loss of range of motion In patients with hip pain and stiffness, ultrasound-guided Trigger Point Injections are also safe and effective.
If these methods do not help, we may try other methods, like prolotherapy or PRP. Research has shown that prolotherapy and/or PRP is highly effective for treating joint issues, without the risk or expense of surgery. Other options could include treatment with Hyaluronic Acid injection. Our team of specialized doctors can help to make sure the best options for each person are reviewed.
Relieve debilitating pain, stiffness, and weakness you’ve been experiencing from Hip-Related Conditions. Let our team of hip specialists at the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics help you put hip pain behind you and return you to full function and the full life you love living!