When it comes to athletic injuries, the shoulder, knee, and ankle may get most of the attention. However, hip pain is also fairly common in young – otherwise healthy – athletes. The hip pain may be a symptom of a fracture, tendinitis, bursitis, dislocation, or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) – a condition in which abnormally shaped hip bones rub against one another, causing damage to the joint. While osteoarthritis of the hip is rare in younger athletes, it is possible.
Questions About Your Hip Pain
Do you suffer from chronic or severe hip pain? If so, take a moment to review the following questions:
- Does your hip pain prevent you from living your life the way you want to?
- Does hip pain – or the fear of a pain flare-up – prevent you from participating in sports and recreational activities?
- Has hip pain caused you to avoid going out or being in a situation that will require standing or walking?
- Are you worried about the pain, physical trauma, and long recovery period of hip surgery?
- Are you ready to get back to a healthy, active lifestyle?
- Are you interested in non-surgical alternatives for hip pain?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it might be time to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physician at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. Learn more about how sports medicine doctors at Hedley may be able to diagnose and treat hip pain without the use of surgery.
Diagnosing Hip Pain
Hip pain can manifest itself through many symptoms. Your sports medicine physician at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and past treatments as he begins diagnosing your hip pain. Next, the physician will perform a physical exam that tests the hip’s range of motion, sensitivity to pressure, and degree of inflammation. In some cases, an x-ray, MRI, or other diagnostic imaging procedure may be necessary for determining the cause of the pain.
Treating Hip Pain
At Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, sports medicine physicians may treat hip pain using advanced, cutting-edge technologies. These non-surgical procedures include:
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections: Growth factors from the patient’s own blood platelets are used to restore degenerated tissues.
- Amniotic Membrane Stem Cell Injections: Growth factors, hyaluronic acid, and anti-inflammatory agents taken from donor cells in the amniotic sac are used to stimulate growth and healing.
These non-surgical hip pain treatments are at the forefront of today’s sports medicine field. Through PRP and/or stem cell injections, many patients with moderate to severe bursitis, tendonitis, labral tears in the hip, and other types of hip pain can get the relief they need to get back out on the field.
These therapies bring together advanced medicine and the body’s own natural healing powers. Going beyond standard corticosteroid injections, PRP and stem cell injections can reduce inflammation while also stimulating new tissue growth in the hip.
The orthopaedic surgeons at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute also offer several micro-invasive surgical hip replacement options, as well as arthroscopic repair of the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the hip.
Schedule Your Sports Med Appointment in Phoenix, Mesa or Tempe
Don’t let hip pain keep you from doing the activities you love. Schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physician in Phoenix, Mesa, or Tempe through Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. Your sports medicine physician can go over the surgical and non-surgical treatment options available to you. Contact a location near you to schedule your appointment.