Hip Pain

Hip pain caused by degenerative disease, osteoarthritis, trauma or an injury can be painful and debilitating. Nacogdoches Medical Center's team of experienced doctors and compassionate staff can help diagnose the source of the pain and explore all options, including minimally invasive solutions.

If you are looking for comprehensive and compassionate treatment for your hip joint pain, please call 866-697-5864 or visit this page for a referral today.

Advanced and Compassionate Care for your Hip Pain

At Nacogdoches Medical Center, we start with nonsurgical options as the first line of treatment to address hip pain. When more conservative approaches don't provide relief, our orthopedic team is equipped with the experience and technology to perform more advanced procedures, such as partial or total hip replacement.

If hip replacement surgery is right for you, our orthopedic team of surgeons, therapists and pain management practitioners will work together to diagnose the issue and determine the optimal course of treatment suited for you.

Orthopedic Services Available at Nacogdoches Medical Center

Hip pain can impact your daily living and overall quality of life. The dedicated team of surgeons and staff at Nacogdoches Medical Center are here to help with your knee, hip, back, shoulder and other joint issues. We offer:

  • Minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, such as total and partial hip replacement
  • Advanced pain management options
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation for post recovery and strengthening
  • Sports medicine

Our Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center offers various options for post-recovery rehabilitation services, including physical therapy and occupational therapy.

What Causes Hip Pain?

The hip is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. It is where the femur (thigh bone) and pelvis connect through a ball-and-socket joint. Like other parts of the body, the muscles, bones and cartilage in the hip joint can become damaged from the following:

  • Age
  • Wear and tear
  • Injuries
  • Overuse
  • Infections
  • Degenerative disease

Hip pain symptoms include stiffness and swelling in or around the hip joint, including pain in the groin, thigh or knee area.

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint disease that affects the hips, hands and knees. Also known as "wear and tear" arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones where they meet breaks down over time. It is more common in adults over 50, with women being more susceptible. People with osteoarthritis may experience reduced function and limited movement. Some people may no longer complete daily tasks or work due to significant pain.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis usually develop slowly and progress as a person ages. The common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain when using the affected joint
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling in and around the joint
  • Diminished joint movement
  • A sensation that the joint is loose or unstable

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, including:

  • Aging
  • Obesity or overweight
  • History of joint injury or surgery
  • Overuse or repetitive stress
  • Joints that form incorrectly
  • Family history of osteoarthritis

Other Causes of Hip Pain

Although less common, you may still experience hip pain due to the following:

  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Hip labral tear
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip fracture
  • Septic arthritis or osteomyelitis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Hamstring injury
  • Iliotibial band syndrome

Managing Hip Pain at Home

  • Avoid activities that incite pain.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medicines, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Use pillows for support and find a comfortable position when sleeping.
  • Lose excess weight to relieve stress on the joints.
  • Stand with an equal amount of weight on each leg. Avoid standing for long periods.
  • Wear flat, comfortable shoes with cushions.

Some things you can do if your hip pain is related to exercising or overuse:

  • Always warm up before exercising and stretch afterward.
  • Walk when traveling downhill, rather than running.
  • Opt for low-impact exercises, such as swimming.
  • Run on a smooth, soft surface, such as a track or grass rather than on concrete.
  • For flat feet, wear shoes with special inserts and arch supports.
  • Wear running shoes that fit well and have good cushioning. Replace when worn out.
  • Don't overexert yourself while exercising.

When to Call an Orthopedic Doctor

  • Your hip pain continues after one week of rest and treatment
  • You develop a fever or rash along with joint pain
  • You have sudden hip pain, along with sickle cell anemia or long-term steroid use
  • You have pain in both hips along with other joints
  • You have difficulty climbing stairs

Consult with your doctor if your hip pain keeps coming back. Some of the treatments that your doctor may recommend are:

  • Scheduling regular massages
  • Removing fluid from the affected area
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Steroid or cortisone injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Arthritis medicine
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Arthroplasty, also known as total hip replacement surgery

What Symptoms May Require Hip Surgery?

The most common reasons for hip replacement surgery include:

  • Osteoarthritis, a loss of joint cartilage that limits movement, causes pain and inhibits daily activities
  • Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis resulting from a hip injury
  • Damage to the hip, such as a hip fracture
  • You are suffering from arthritic hip pain that severely limits daily activity, such as exercise, and where other treatments have been ineffective.

Each surgeon selects the type of implant they believe is best for each patient. In replacing the hip, part of the bone is removed and replaced with the implant, stopping the joint from grinding with movement. You may also be a candidate for hip resurfacing if you're under 60 years of age with isolated bone disease and have strong bone around the hip joint.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Hip Surgery?

Hip replacement surgery usually takes one to three hours. After surgery, the patient may stay in the hospital for three to five days for observation. It may take months up to a year to recover fully.

Schedule an Appointment

Hip pain should not be part of your routine.

Get the quality and compassionate care you deserve at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Our dedicated orthopedic staff is here to help you navigate your healthcare journey. Please fill out this form or call 833-257-5137 to connect with a patient navigator.

Insurance Accepted

Nacogdoches Medical Center accepts a variety of insurance plans and offers options for payment plan flexibility. If you have specific questions about your coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly or see this page for your billing and insurance questions.

Find an Orthopedic Doctor in Nacogdoches

Do you have recurring hip pain from an undiagnosed condition or injury? Your health shouldn't wait.

Nacogdoches Medical Center has the expertise, technology and compassionate care to address a range of joint disorders. Speak with one of our orthopedic doctors for proper diagnosis and advice on the best treatment options for your condition. If you're experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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