Hip Pain

Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, PC

Mitchell Goldstein, MD

Orthopedist located in East Meadow, NY

Hip replacement surgery might seem like one of the only options for chronic hip pain, but before you decide, see if experienced orthopedist Mitchell Goldstein, MD, of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, PC, in East Meadow, New York, can help. Dr. Goldstein has considerable expertise in helping patients who have hip pain avoid surgery, so call Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, PC, today, or book an appointment online.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is hip pain?

Hip pain is a common cause of discomfort and disability, especially in older people. It can arise because of damage to the bones or soft tissues within or around the hip joint. The location of your hip pain is a good indicator of what’s causing the problem.

Pain on the inside of your hip or in the groin area means the most likely cause is the hip joint, where your pelvis and leg bones meet. On the other hand, if you have pain on the outside of your hip radiating into your leg or buttock, then soft tissue damage is the most likely cause.

Sometimes, the pain you feel in your hips is coming from somewhere else, a problem known as referred pain. If your hips are hurting it could be because of referred pain from your lower back.

What types of conditions cause hip pain?

Frequently occurring causes of hip pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Bursitis 
  • Dislocation of the hip joint
  • Hip labral tear
  • Hip fracture
  • Sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Synovitis

Hip pain can be hard to manage because the location of your hip joint makes it very difficult to try and take the pressure off your hips even when you’re lying down.

How is hip pain treated?

When you visit Dr. Goldstein, his first step is to find out what’s causing your hip pain. He carries out a thorough physical exam, assessing how well you can move, where the pain is coming from, and whether there are any clear signs as to what’s causing the pain. He also runs diagnostic tests such as X-rays or MRI and CT scans.

Once Dr. Goldstein knows what is causing your hip pain, he can design a treatment plan. Your plan could include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Pain relief medication
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cortisone injections
  • Regenerative medicine

Hip replacement surgery is now highly advanced and offers better, longer-lasting results than ever before. However, it’s still a major form of surgery that you might not want to undergo until it’s your only option.

Dr. Goldstein’s conservative, minimally invasive treatment programs offer you the chance to enjoy many years of reduced hip pain and improved function without the need for surgery.

To find out more about hip pain and how to manage it, call Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, PC, today or book an appointment online.