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What are Common Causes of Hip and Pelvic Pain?

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Hip and pelvic pain are common conditions caused by many different triggers. The most important part of treating hip and pelvic pain is determining the root cause. 

Treatment methods vary based on the condition causing the pain. It is important to identify where the pain is located. Once the cause is determined, then your doctor can implement the right treatment plan so you can find relief from your symptoms.

This article will address common causes of hip and pelvic pain so you can have a better understanding of what may be the root cause. 

What You Need to Know About Hip Pain

Pain in the hip can be temporary or may be chronic. It is common in adults, and the pain depends on the underlying condition. It may be from tendons, muscles, ligaments, or the soft tissue surrounding the hip. You can feel pain anywhere between the hip and the knee. 

Common conditions that cause hip pain include: 

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Hip fracture or deformity due to injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Osteonecrosis or Avascular Necrosis

Pain can occur on the inside or the outside of the hip joint. You most often feel pain in the hip or groin.

Because the cause of the pain may vary, treatment options will depend on the condition causing the pain. If the pain is not chronic, some effective alternatives include:

  • Rest and avoid activities that require bending at the hip
  • Avoid sleeping on the painful hip
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen
  • Rotating hot and cold therapy
  • Gentle stretching can help if it is due to a strain or pinched nerve

If hip pain is chronic or at-home treatments fail, then it is essential to be evaluated by an orthopedic doctor before the pain worsens. In this case, they may recommend: 

  • Physical therapy to reduce the pain if caused by a condition such as arthritis, tendonitis, or strains
  • Hydrotherapy uses water to encourage blood flow to the affected area
  • Medication if caused by arthritis

Sometimes hip pain requires surgery. This is usually in severe cases when all other treatment options have failed. 

About Pelvic Pain

The pelvic joint is called the sacroiliac joint or the SI joint. Strong ligaments and muscles support the joint. 

The bones can become arthritic with age due to inflammation and cartilage breakdown. Though osteoarthritis is a common cause, there may be other conditions that are contributing to your pain, including: 

  • Gout
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
  • Injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Walking Patterns

SI joint pain can start in the lower back or buttocks and radiate to the lower hip, groin, or upper thighs. Numbness or tingling can be felt in your legs, or you may have leg weakness. Pain may worsen with activity. 

Treatment may include non-surgical methods such as physical therapy, massage, rest, ice, and NSAIDS. Physical therapy can be very effective in strengthening and stabilizing the SI joint. 

If you are still experiencing pain after at-home interventions and physical therapy, an orthopedic doctor may use corticosteroid injections or radiofrequency ablation. Surgery may be considered an option for chronic pain in the most severe cases. 

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Are you experiencing pain? We treat a variety of common conditions that cause pain, as well as those that are more uncommon. It is time to get the proper diagnosis to move forward with an appropriate treatment plan. Don’t hesitate to contact our pain management specialist in Broward County, Dr. Luis Escobar. 

Our two doctors are the leading providers of interventional pain management in Florida. They utilize an interdisciplinary approach in treating the source of your pain to get you back on track and improve your quality of life.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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