Your hip is the largest weight-bearing joint in your body. It’s also a common source of pain for people of all ages. Due to the complexity of the joint, finding the cause of your hip pain can be difficult. At Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine, Harvard-trained, triple board-certified physician, Trevin Thurman, MD, conducts comprehensive examinations to conclusively diagnose the cause of your pain and develop the most effective treatment plan. For an appointment, call the Sawtelle office in West Los Angeles or use the online booking button today.
Hip pain refers to any discomfort you experience in or around your hip. Your hip refers to the ball and socket joint where your thigh bone joins your pelvis, which is held together by ligaments and cushioned with cartilage and fluid-filled sacs. Your hip is also surrounded by many large muscles that assist in the movement of the joint, as well as your leg.
The pain you feel in your hip can develop from an injury or disease that affects any of the components found in your hip.
The pain you experience in your hip can develop from many causes. The most common causes of hip pain seen at Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine include:
The labrum is a soft tissue found in the socket joint of your hip. Whether from an injury or degeneration, the tissue can tear, resulting in what’s referred to as a labral tear, which can cause hip pain.
Arthritis, which refers to inflammation in your joint, can affect any joint in your body, including your hip, leading to pain.
Other potential causes of hip pain include:
Hip pain can also develop from an underlying health condition such as certain types of cancer or an infection.
Dr. Thurman conducts comprehensive evaluations of hip pain. For Dr. Thurman, finding the right diagnosis is crucial for treatment.
In order to better help him find the cause of your hip pain, it’s important that you be as detailed as possible about your symptoms, including the type of pain, severity, location, and when you started noticing the discomfort.
From there, Dr. Thurman can direct his evaluation to confirm or rule out the cause of your hip pain through a physical exam and diagnostic testing.
Dr. Thurman develops individualized plans for the treatment of your hip pain based on the underlying cause. Initially, he takes a natural approach, which may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and diet modification.
He also offers cutting-edge treatments that relieve pain without the need for surgery, using techniques such as selective ablation of sensory nerves. Dr. Thurman also provides platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell treatments to aid in the healing of diseased or damaged tissue.
For expert care of your hip pain, call Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine or request an appointment online today.