Hip Pain & Treatment
Common Causes of Hip Pain
Hip pain can severely limit daily activity and diminish quality of life. The most common causes of hip pain are:
- Arthritis – usually osteoarthritis but, more rarely, rheumatoid arthritis
- Referred pain – such as a problem in the back that is affecting the sciatic nerve, causing pain in the hip
Getting to the Root Cause of Hip Pain
There are many causes of hip pain, not all of them originating in the hip. Since the proper treatment will depend on the root cause, take these steps to make sure an accurate diagnosis is made.
- See your family doctor.
- Attend a hip pain seminar to learn about diagnosis and treatment methods. Click here to see if any hip pain seminars are currently being offered at MidMichigan.
- Your family doctor may refer you to an orthopedic specialist, or you may make an appointment to see one of our orthopedic specialists directly.
Your family doctor or orthopedic specialist may use some or all of the following evaluation methods to arrive at a diagnosis.
- Physical examination
- Blood test for rheumatoid arthritis
Typically, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments.
- Medication – typically oral anti-inflammatories
- Activity modification or rest
- Cortisone injections
- Physical or occupational therapy – MidMichigan Health offers comprehensive rehabilitation services at several convenient locations. Ask your doctor about a referral to our services.
- Assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and similar devices.
- Weight management
Hip replacement – If your condition warrants a hip replacement, MidMichigan offers a special surgical program called Joint Camp that provides faster recovery, higher patient satisfaction, lower risk of infection and improved outcomes, compared to traditional surgery. Joint Camp is available at our Medical Centers in Alma and Midland.
Learn more about Joint Camp