Persistent pain in your hips can make it difficult to stay physically active. Hip pain can result from a number of underlying factors, and Jerome Carter, MD, offers both diagnostic and treatment services to address the root cause of your pain. At Advanced Pain Management Specialists, with an office in Baytown, Texas, you can find alternative solutions to surgery and ensure you enjoy a high quality of life. Call the office today or book a consultation online to learn more about your options for relieving chronic hip pain.

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What causes hip pain?

Your hip joint is susceptible to disease and injury, especially as you age. For many people, chronic hip pain is due to different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, a condition that causes your joints to break down, and rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory condition of the joints.

Other common causes of hip pain include:

  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Pinched nerves

You may also experience hip pain due to underlying infections and cancer.

How is hip pain diagnosed?

Dr. Carter can often pinpoint the cause of your pain based on the location that hurts the most. Problems affecting the joint often cause pain in your groin area or on the inside of your hip. When you have pain on the outer part of your hip, buttocks, or upper thigh, your condition may relate to soft tissue damage, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

After a review of your medical history and a physical examination, Dr. Carter may request imaging tests to get a better look at your internal hip structure. These tests may include:

  • MRI
  • X-rays
  • CT scan

They may also use blood tests to rule out underlying disease and infection.

What treatment options are available for hip pain?

Initially, you should try to get plenty of rest to avoid aggravating your hip condition. Heat and ice therapy can be useful for reducing swelling and minimizing pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers can also help keep you comfortable.

If hip pain worsens or you lose functionality, Dr. Carter can create a treatment plan designed to alleviate pain and improve the use of your hip. The goal of treatment is to avoid surgery, such as a hip replacement.

In-office treatments are available based on the root cause of your hip pain. Treatments may include joint injections, which contain steroid medications to reduce inflammation and an anesthetic to address your pain.

If pain relates to a pinched nerve, such as sciatica, you may benefit from a nerve block procedure that quickly alleviates pain to help you heal more efficiently.

To increase your functionality, Dr. Carter may recommend physical therapy and at-home exercises.

Find out more about your options for treating hip pain by calling the office today, or you can use the convenient online booking feature to schedule an appointment.