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Hip Pain Specialist

Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement located in Kansas City, MO

Hip pain is a widespread cause of discomfort and disability in the United States, especially among older people. If you’re experiencing hip pain, the highly skilled team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, has considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating hip pain, including carrying out hip arthroscopy and hip replacement surgeries. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

Hip pain can start suddenly as a result of trauma that causes a fracture or joint dislocation. You might also have damage to the soft tissues around your hip that causes acute hip pain. In the majority of cases, hip pain is a chronic problem that develops when you have a condition such as:

Bursitis

The bursae in your hip joint are small sacs of special liquid inside your joints. They prevent the bones, tendons, and muscles from harmful friction and pressure. However, the bursae can get irritated, causing inflammation and hip pain.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis affects your tendons, the tough connective tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons in your hip that develops when you overuse the joint or perform the same movement repeatedly over a long period.

Labral tear

The labrum is a type of cartilage that stops the ball-shaped end of your thigh bone (femur) from slipping out of the hip’s socket. Labral tears can happen as a result of an injury, but most often are due to repetitive strain of the hip joint.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that causes chronic pain, stiffness, and weakness in the hips. It develops as a result of years of wear-and-tear that erodes the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones in your hips.

How is hip pain diagnosed?

Your provider at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine carries out a thorough physical exam and assesses how well you can move your hips. The team also reviews your medical history and current health to help make a preliminary diagnosis.

Diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan can help with the diagnosis. You might also need to undergo hip arthroscopy. This is a minimally invasive procedure in which your provider inserts a miniaturized camera on a flexible instrument through a small incision and into your hip.

Arthroscopy enables your provider to see live images of the inside of your hip joint. In some cases, they may be able to carry out treatment using the arthroscope, as well.

What treatments are available for hip pain?

Your provider at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine creates a personalized treatment plan for you based on the cause of your hip pain and other factors like your age and general health. Initial treatments might include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Joint injections

If your hip pain is severe and not improving with these conservative treatments, you might need surgery. The team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has specialist expertise in performing hip replacement surgeries (arthroplasty) using the latest materials and techniques.

We proudly serve the greater Kansas City area. Find out more about resolving hip pain by calling Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today, or book an appointment online.