Hip pain is a very common complaint that has many causes. The decrease in mobility can make work and even ambulation (walking) difficult, depending on the severity of the problem. While broken hips are commonly associated with the elderly, they can also occur in younger patients, particularly in cases involving traumatic injury.

Common Causes and Possible Complications

The most common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Hip pain can also be the result of trauma, sports injuries, or overuse. Resulting injuries include labral tears, fractures, loose bodies, iliopsoas impingement, avascular necrosis, snapping hip syndrome, bursitis, and muscle tears. Back problems can also cause hip pain.

Treatment Options

The physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will perform a comprehensive evaluation to make sure we get an accurate diagnosis. Knowing the exact problem is essential for evaluating the best treatment options. For elderly patients with hip fractures, hip replacement surgery can mean a relatively quick recovery time. For patients with less serious injuries, physical therapy can sometimes extend the patient's range of motion and manage the condition. In any case, it's vitally important to speak with a qualified physician and listen closely to his or her advice.

Advanced Diagnostic Equipment

Our team of physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will help evaluate your individual symptoms and plan treatment options. With an on-site MRI machine and equipment for digital x-rays, we can improve the pace and accuracy of your diagnosis. When you're immobilized by hip pain, you don't want to sit around waiting for answers. For pain and other sensory issues, we can even conduct an electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction study (NCS). For more information, contact us today.