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Hip Pain: Causes and Treatments in the Portland, OR Area

Hip pain can come from a wide variety of sources including disease and injuries. Though hip pain may particularly affect the elderly, patients of all ages can have problems with the hip joint. Whether the discomfort is a result of overuse from athletics or from the effects of arthritis, hip pain should be taken seriously.

Regardless of the exact location, severe hip pain can be debilitating, causing discomfort while on the go or even at rest. While exercise and a healthy diet can help to prevent some hip pain, many injuries and diseases require a doctor’s care.

Thankfully, there are many treatments available to patients suffering from hip pain.

Hip Injuries and Conditions

Here are a few of the more common causes of hip pain:

Arthritis:
A common source for hip pain is arthritis. Osteoarthritis – the “wear and tear” arthritis – is the most common form of arthritis that affects the hip. Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage covering the ends of your thighbone and hip.
Hip Bursitis:
Bursitis is a condition in which the bursa (a small lubricating sac located around various points of the hip) becomes inflamed, filling with fluid and creating swelling.
Osteonecrosis:
Osteonecrosis is a condition in which the blood supply to the hip is disrupted. If not treated, bone tissue can die, causing greater destruction in the hip joint.
Hip Fracture:
Elderly patients are especially susceptible to hip fractures as their bones age and potentially become weak and brittle. A hip fracture refers to a break in the upper portion of the femur.

How to Handle Hip Pain

In the case of arthritis or a minor strain, patients can take over-the-counter medication to help with pain management. Additionally, exercises like cycling and swimming can help to strengthen the muscles around the hip, creating less strain on the joint itself. Stretching can help reduce stiffness in the joint, and losing weight can help patients reduce the pressure placed on the hip joint.

If the pain does not go away, patients should see a doctor to find out more about treatment options. Hip pain treatment does not automatically mean that patients need to get an operation. Physical therapy or injections may provide a simpler means of finding relief.

Hip Replacement

If exercise and other non-invasive treatment have proven ineffective, Dr. Ballard recommends hip replacement as the way to alleviate hip pain. Dr. Ballard uses a minimally invasive hip replacement method to help patients get back on their feet more quickly. If you would like to speak with a doctor about your hip pain, please contact Dr. Ballard's office at (503) 656-0836 to set up an appointment.