Hip Pain Medical Treatment
Hip pain affects millions of people in America every year. It is often caused by a problem with the structure around the hip and thigh. For example, it can be due to injury to the soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and bone. It can also be caused by a problem within the joints themselves – for instance, there may be damage to the cartilage that cushions the bones when they rub together. In some cases, however, the cause of the hip pain is unknown.
When you go in to see a doctor, they will probably start by examining your knee. They might examine other parts of your body to rule out certain conditions. After this, they’ll ask you questions about your medical history, how long you have had symptoms, any past injuries, what medications you take, whether you have diabetes, heart disease, thyroid problems, and more. The information gathered from this examination will help them determine the cause of your pain and give you a diagnosis.
In previous posts, we have described this process and how you can contribute to the accuracy of your diagnosis. This article deals with the final stage, which is the treatment or management of hip pain.
People tend to feel very scared of hip pain treatment. You have probably heard about hip replacement surgery and other surgical interventions, but only some patients will go through this process. It is usually a bit of a mixed bag. There are two main methods: conservative and invasive. These days, the preferred method is the conservative one. It involves trying various ways to reduce pain intensity outside the operating table. Most of the time, this works really well.
As you will see in this article, there are plenty of conservative options we can try first, and most do not involve a scalpel or anything sharp or pointy getting close to your skin.