Are you tired of enduring another day of hip pain? Whether the origin of your pain is arthritis or a degenerative illness, help is available for you to suffer no longer. To understand the causes and treatments of hip pain, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program Nov. 18.
Join Dr. Tom Antkowiak and Dr. Rajeev Puri, orthopedic surgeons with Oak Orthopedics, to learn the latest treatment plans for hip pain and degenerative hip conditions including hip arthroscopy and minimally invasive anterior total hip replacement. This free program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
The hip joint is designed to withstand repetitive motion and a reasonable amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint fits together in a way that allows for seamless movement. Whenever you use the hip, a cushion of cartilage prevents friction as the hip moves in its socket.
“Over time and with age, the cartilage in the hip can wear out,” said Tom Antkowiak, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. “As the cartilage continues to wear we are often left with bone on bone arthritis which slows patients down and leads to increased pain. If caught early, we are often able to use minimally invasive techniques to slow the progression of arthritis and get patients back to the activities they love.”
Symptoms of Hip Pain
Depending on the source that’s causing hip pain, you might feel discomfort in the following areas: buttocks, thigh, outside of the hip joint, deep groin or the back.
Get medical attention right away if:
- The hip pain came on suddenly.
- A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
- Your hip looks deformed or is bleeding.
- You experienced a painful popping in the hip.
- The pain is intense.
- You can’t put any weight on your hip.
Relieve the Pain
If your hip pain is caused by a muscle or tendon strain, or osteoarthritis, you can usually relieve it with an over-the-counter pain medication or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Another way to relieve hip pain is by holding ice to the area for about 15 minutes a few times a day.
If you have arthritis, exercising the hip joint with low-impact exercises, stretching, and resistance training can reduce pain and improve joint mobility. For example, swimming is a good non-impact exercise for arthritis.
When osteoarthritis becomes so severe that the pain is intense or the hip joint looses motion, a total hip replacement (arthroplasty) may be a consideration.
“An accurate diagnosis is vital in deciding the appropriate treatment for hip pain. For this reason, it is imperative to see an orthopedic specialist who is specially trained to evaluate such conditions,” said Rajeev Puri, M.D., orthopedic surgeon.