The hip is a complex joint and can be challenging to determine the cause of pain. Many people use the word hip to mean pain coming from many sources, but the precise cause of your pain needs to be determined. Hip pain can come from the back (such as from intervertebral discs, facets, sacroiliac joint), it can come from tendons and muscles (e.g. hamstring, gluteus muscles, iliopsoas, adductors), or from the hip joint itself (e.g. osteoarthritis, labral tear). RIC physicians will spent time with you to determine exactly where you pain is coming from such that treatment can be tailored to your specific condition.
Osteoarthritis of the hip joint can cause pain with almost every activity, including walking and climbing stairs, which can dramatically limit your activity. If the arthritis is not so advanced that it has reached “bone-on-bone” it may be reasonable to treat the joint with regenerative therapies to attempt to reduce pain and restore function.
Labral tears of the hip can result from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, or may be a result of wear and tear from life (i.e. degenerative labral tear). These tears can arise from abnormal shape of the hip bones called femoral acetabular impingement (FAI). These tears can be extremely painful and disrupt an active individual’s life. Minimally invasive injection with regenerative therapy may provide substantial pain relief and return to activities.
Lateral Hip Pain
Lateral hip pain may be due to a condition called greater trochanteric bursitis (also known as greater trochanteric pain syndrome). This condition can make walking painful and disrupt sleep. We have seen excellent results from regenerative therapies targeting this outer part of the hip.
Hamstring Strains and Partial Tears
The hamstring is one of the most common areas to sustain injuries from playing sports. Recovery from this condition can be quite challenging, and reinjury is common upon returning to sports. With the proper rehabilitation program and use of targeted regenerative therapies, athletes may be able to return to sports faster and with less likelihood of reinjury. Surgery for this condition can be of limited benefit, and involve significant pain and healing times. Regenerative therapy can therefore be a favorable alternative to operative means for many athletes.