Chronic Hip Pain: When to Consider Hip Arthroscopy

Chronic Hip Pain: When to Consider Hip Arthroscopy

Most hip joints are durable and strong, but they aren’t indestructible. Any number of injuries and conditions that affect these joints can result in pain that becomes chronic. If you’re experiencing it yourself, hip arthroscopy may be just what the doctor ordered.

Our expert surgical team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, uses hip arthroscopy to diagnose and treat many painful hip conditions. 

Let’s delve into chronic hip pain, including when to consider arthroscopy to find your way to relief.

What causes chronic hip pain

Ongoing hip pain can stem from a range of factors, including injuries and progressive diseases. Two of the leading causes of older age-related hip pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In both cases, inflammation and breakdown of the cartilage that cushions your joints fuels pain and related symptoms, like stiffness.

Other causes of chronic hip pain include:


Your chronic hip pain may frequently flare up, between periods without pain, or stay pretty consistent. Your symptoms may also worsen after sleep, lengthy inactivity, exercise, or any time you use the joint.

How hip arthroscopy works

During hip arthroscopy, our Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team insert a flexible instrument – called an arthroscope – into your hip through a small incision. The arthroscopy has a light source, magnifying lens, and tiny camera, all of which allow your provider to gather clear images of the inside of your hip joints. These images appear on a monitor.

Hip arthroscopy allows us to detect and assess problems that may be causing or worsening your hip pain. And in some cases, we’re able to treat the issue at the same time.

Compared to traditional surgery, hip arthroscopy brings these benefits:


Because hip arthroscopy is minimally invasive, it’s usually performed on an outpatient basis in our office.

When to consider hip arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy may be ideal for you if you’re experiencing perplexing hip pain or need the root cause confirmed. After the procedure, our team can provide a diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan.

As a treatment, hip arthroscopy is often recommended for people who do not need a hip replacement or who need soft tissue damage repaired. Hip arthroscopy is also worth considering if more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy or medication, haven’t sufficed.

Our team may also recommend hip arthroscopy if you have pain from overuse of your hip joints, paint related to a sports injury, or a bone shape abnormality. In addition, hip arthroscopy may be useful if your pain derives from hip impingement, a labral tear, or bone spurs. In these cases, the procedure may help slow down the development of related arthritis.

To learn more about chronic hip pain or find out if you’re a good candidate for hip arthroscopy, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request a virtual appointment through our website today. 

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