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Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Hip Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Hip pain makes walking, climbing stairs, and exercising hard, but it doesn’t have to keep you sidelined. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, offer various noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments for hip pain. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule a hip pain appointment, or book your visit online.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is hip pain?

Hip pain is aching, discomfort, or soreness in one or both of your hips  the joints that connect your legs to your pelvis. Your hips support your upper body and play an essential role in balance and stability.

The hips are some of the most mobile joints in the body, experiencing daily wear-and-tear. Though anyone can experience hip pain, it’s most common in athletes, including runners, dancers, and gymnasts.

What are the symptoms of hip pain?

Hip pain symptoms include:

  • Popping or snapping sounds when walking or running
  • Sudden swelling
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Difficulty putting weight on the affected hip
  • Stiffness or discomfort after sitting or lying down

If your hip pain is caused by a traumatic injury, like a fall or a car accident, you might notice a visible abnormality, like a large bump or a protruding bone.

What causes hip pain?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute treats hip pain caused by various illnesses and injuries,  including:

  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocated hip
  • Labral tears (damaged cartilage in the hip socket)
  • Hip strains
  • Bursitis
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents

Sometimes, hip pain occurs because of an underlying medical condition, like osteoarthritis.

How does a pain specialist diagnose hip pain?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and whether activities like exercise or work worsen it.

Your provider assesses your gait (how you walk) and posture and has you sit, stand, and walk back and forth in the exam room. They examine your hip, checking for redness or bruising, and gently press on your hip joint to identify sensitive areas.

If your provider suspects a fracture or a dislocated joint, they order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to examine your bones, joints, and surrounding tissues.

How is hip pain treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute treats hip pain with conservative and minimally invasive therapies. Your provider could recommend:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Activity changes
  • Weight loss
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Medication management
  • Mobility devices (like a walker or cane)
  • Regenerative medicine (for example, platelet-rich plasma therapy PRP)

If your symptoms continue or get worse, your provider refers you to an orthopedic specialist. 

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule treatment for hip pain, or book your appointment online.