The hip is one of the largest and most important joints in the human body. It allows you to walk, jump, run, climb stairs, and perform most other essential activities. While the hip joint is strong enough to withstand regular wear-and-tear, excessive usage of the hips, especially amongst athletes, can lead to pain. You may experience hip pain anywhere around the hip joint, and the sensations can also extend to the buttocks, thighs, and groin.

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Symptoms of Hip Pain:

  • Pain and discomfort around the hip joint
  • Pain originating inside or outside the hips
  • Radiating pain into the groins, buttocks, or thighs
  • Pain intensifies and worsens with physical activity
  • Symptoms of bursitis outside the hips
  • Walking with a limp
  • Loss of mobility
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness of the hip joint
  • Popping noise while walking
  • Dull aching sensations around the hips
  • Locking sensations around the hips

Possible Causes of Hip Pain:

  • Fractures: You may experience hip fractures, i.e., your hip joint may break or crack because of sudden falls, sports injuries, and accidents.
  • Sprains & Strains: Sprains occur because of the stretching or tearing of the ligaments, and strains occur when muscles are stretched excessively because of repeated use.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis is a progressive condition wherein your hip joint weakens, leading to swelling, inflammation, tenderness, and stiffness.
  • Bursitis: Bursitis is a condition wherein the fluid-filled cushions that protect the joints (bursas) are inflamed, leading to joint pain and stiffness.
  • Dislocation: Hip dislocation may occur because of sudden falls, injuries, or sudden movements, especially while playing sports.
  • Labral Tear: A hip labral tear occurs when the labrum cartilage around the rim of the hip joint socket is torn. This is common amongst athletes participating in soccer, football, or ice hockey.
  • Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a condition wherein the tendons around the hips are inflamed because of overuse, usually because of excessive use during sports.
  • Sciatica: Sciatica is a condition wherein the large sciatic nerve is pinched at its point of exit from the spinal canal, leading to radiating pain down the buttocks and leg.
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Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatments for Hip Pain

Our orthopedic specialists and physicians curate personalized treatment plans after diagnosing the root cause of your hip pain. Our physicians will discuss your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and administer numerous imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. This allows them to identify the source of hip pain, which, in turn, helps them curate treatment plans that address the root cause — not just the symptoms.

We start most hip pain treatments with non-surgical, conservative solutions, such as physical therapy, exercise, rest, medications, and orthobiologics — PRP and stem cell therapy. During orthobiologics, the physician harvests components of your body that are purified and re-introduced into your body to facilitate natural healing and regeneration. We only resort to surgical treatments, such as arthroscopy and open surgery, if all conservative solutions fail.

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Movement Orthopaedic Institute is a state-of-the-art orthopedic center specializing in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Our physicians always diagnose and treat the root cause of your hip pain after conducting a thorough diagnosis and evaluation. High school and college athletes and other athletic individuals have an especially high risk of sustaining hip joint damage. If you’ve noticed the signs and symptoms of hip pain, please schedule an appointment to explore your hip pain treatment options in the Houston area.

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