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Treating Pain for: Hip

Hip pain can make everyday activities a struggle. Running, gardening, walking or just bending to tie a shoe can be impossible. Besides restricting mobility, hip pain can hurt your concentration at work or prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. 

Hip ArthritisFortunately, New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) can help. We are a specialty hospital: Our entire hospital focuses solely on orthopedics, with expertise spanning routine treatments to the most complex surgery. So whether you have a dislocated hip, labral tear or degeneration of the hip that comes with age, NEBH has hip experts ready to get you moving again.

Personalized services at NEBH include a rehabilitation program designed for severe hip disorders and a case management system that helps you stay healthy after you go home. In fact, our entire care team is experienced in assisting people with hip problems. Preadmission screeners, doctors, physical therapists — even our parking valets — work with hip patients every day and understand your needs.

Finding the Cause of Your Hip Pain

To identify the cause of your hip pain, your NEBH orthopedic hip specialist will discuss your problem in detail and how it has changed your quality of life. He or she also will do a thorough physical examination, evaluating your range of motion, flexibility and intensity of pain.

Sometimes further testing, such as an MRI, is needed to make a precise diagnosis. In these cases, our radiologists use the latest imaging technologies to pinpoint the root of your problem. For more challenging cases, we may do a diagnostic arthroscopy. This highly effective, minimally invasive technique requires only local anesthesia, so you can go home the same day. 

Developing a Personalized Treatment Plan

Once a diagnosis is made and your team understands your goals for treatment, we'll develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The plan covers everything from education and treatment to rehabilitation.

Whenever possible, we try to treat hip problems without surgery. Common non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services at our renowned Spine Center, which has expertise in treating problems in the spine that can cause pain in the hip
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain Management Medications, including anti-inflammatory injections guided by advanced imaging

These non-surgical treatment options may be used prior to surgery or by themselves without surgery. If they haven't relieved your hip pain or improved function, hip surgery may be appropriate. (For some diagnoses, hip surgery will be the best and first treatment option.) Your doctor will work with you to make the best decision based on your particular needs.

Here's an overview of how we treat hip pain experienced by broad age groups. 

Young Adults

At NEBH, we've dedicated a section of our practice to young adults who want to enjoy an active lifestyle. Hip pain in adults aged 20 to 45 is often caused by trauma or overuse. Examples of common hip problems in this category are labral tears and femoroaetabular impingements (a condition where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped).

We often treat less severe hip conditions in young adults with anti-inflammatory injections, physical therapy or muscle-sparing arthroscopic surgery. More serious disorders, including late-stage arthritis, may require a complex procedure or intensive rehabilitation.

Middle-Aged Adults & Seniors

Adults aged 45 to 65 as well as seniors also suffer from hip conditions caused by trauma or overuse. The most common problems, though, are associated with the hip breaking down as part of the natural aging process (e.g. inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis).

We treat patients with non-surgical therapies whenever possible. Sometimes hip joint replacement may be the best option for treating hip pain in middle-aged people. For seniors, hip replacement becomes a more serious possibility due to risks that come with age. Learn more about joint replacement at NEBH.

Click here to consult with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons, or call NEBH at 855-370-NEBH (6324) for a referral.