Hip Pain

Nathan Moore, DO -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nathan Moore, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Phoenix, AZ

Between athletic injuries, repetitive stress, and degenerative problems like arthritis, hip pain can affect adults of any age. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Nate Moore, DO, in Peoria, Arizona, encourages you to seek early treatment for your hip pain to prevent the underlying problem from worsening. Dr. Moore provides exceptional conservative care for hip pain and, when needed, offers extensive experience and skill in primary and revision joint replacement surgery. If you need relief from hip pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

Hip pain often develops when you strain a muscle or injure a ligament. An acute injury or osteoporosis may result in a painful hip fracture. As you get older, degenerative changes occur that cause pain.

The most common orthopedic conditions responsible for hip pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Labral tears
  • Hip impingement
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Synovitis
  • Congenital dysplasia

When you continue to use the joint without seeking medical care, you can cause further joint damage and develop more pain.

Will I have symptoms other than pain?

The conditions that cause hip pain may result in additional symptoms such as swelling, loss of movement, and difficulty placing weight on the joint. Some types of hip problems, such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, cause low back pain in addition to hip pain.

Additional problems arise when you change the way you move to reduce ongoing hip pain. As a result, you place extra stress on your spine and other joints, especially your knees. The pressure leads to pain in the affected areas.

How do orthopedic specialists treat hip pain?

After reviewing your medical history and performing a physical examination, Dr. Moore may order diagnostic imaging to accurately assess the underlying cause of your hip pain.

In most cases, Dr. Moore begins your treatment with conservative therapies. However, some traumatic injuries may need immediate surgery to relieve your pain and ensure proper healing. For example, a hip fracture, dislocation, or complete ligament tear may require surgical repair.

Nonsurgical treatments include options such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Resting your hip joint
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Viscosupplementation

If your hip pain worsens despite several months of conservative treatment, Dr. Moore may recommend surgery to repair the underlying problem or to replace the hip joint.

When does hip pain require a total hip replacement?

You may need a total hip replacement after a severe fracture, or you develop a condition such as avascular necrosis, which causes bone death due to blood supply loss. However, arthritis is the most common reason patients need a hip replacement.

As hip arthritis progresses, it causes significant tissue damage. You may experience symptoms such as constant pain, joint deformity, and severe pain and stiffness that prevent you from engaging in your normal daily activities. 

If you develop sudden severe hip pain or hip pain that doesn’t improve, it’s important to seek prompt treatment. Call Nate Moore, DO, or schedule an appointment online today.