Hip Pain

Anay R. Patel, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Is hip pain holding you back? There’s no shame in getting the help you need. Anay Patel, MD, helps countless patients in Houston, Texas, address the root cause of their hip pain and achieve excellent results. Remedies can include medication management, physical therapy, or even surgical intervention. To get a professional diagnosis for your hip pain, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What are common causes of hip pain? 

Hip pain is an incredibly common condition, but that doesn’t make it any less irritating or debilitating. The most common cause of hip pain is an injury or severe impact incident, such as a car crash. Trauma to the hip can lead to a fracture there. 

Other common hip pain causes include: 

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Infection
  • Low back pain
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendinitis caused by repetitive actions

As you age, you become increasingly susceptible to hip pain and hip fractures. 

When is medical intervention for hip pain necessary? 

If hip pain persists for more than a week or two and isn’t responding well to home remedies, it’s probably a good idea to seek medical intervention. Hip pain, which can range from mild to severe, can make everyday tasks such as standing up, sitting down, and walking painful and difficult. 

Coming in and seeing Dr. Patel for a diagnosis is your best bet if you want to understand what’s causing hip pain that won’t go away. 

What are the steps in diagnosing hip pain? 

First, Dr. Patel closely evaluates the condition of your hip by discussing your symptoms with you, reviewing your medical history, and conducting a thorough physical examination of the hip and thigh region. To more closely examine your hip joint, Dr. Patel will also likely perform imaging tests, including X-rays and other scans. 

This allows him to diagnose the root cause of your hip pain with more precision. Armed with this information, Dr. Patel can better personalize a course of treatment that will deliver optimal pain relief results. 

How does typical hip pain treatment work? 

In all cases of hip pain, Dr. Patel uses your diagnosis to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. In more mild cases, Dr. Patel can help implement care plans that consist of self-care, pain-relieving anti-inflammatory medications, and sometimes physical therapy. These methods can offer effective symptomatic relief without surgery. 

However, if your hip pain is more severe and the root cause harder to treat, Dr. Patel may recommend minimally invasive surgery. For severe fractures, a hip replacement might be the best course of action. This surgical method is one of Dr. Patel’s specialties. 

To find out more about hip pain and your treatment options, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.