Hip Pain

New Jersey Pain Management

Spine, Sports, & Pain Medicine Centers located in Morristown, NJ & Bridgewater, NJ

Hip pain is most often caused by overuse, trauma, and wear-and-tear, though determining the exact source of your pain is essential in finding the right treatment to relieve your pain. At New Jersey Pain Management, the pain care specialists, Alena Polesin, MD, and Philip Rubinfeld, MD, and their team perform comprehensive exams and diagnostic testing to identify your condition and offer effective solutions. With locations in Morristown, Bridgewater, and Rockaway, New Jersey, you can get care at your convenience. To schedule a visit, call or book online.

Hip Pain Q & A

Why does my hip hurt?

Different movements and activities may cause acute or chronic hip pain that requires medical attention from the team at New Jersey Pain Management. Some of the anatomical structures of the hip that can be injured or irritated include:

  • Ball and socket joint of the hip
  • Hip labrum
  • Cartilage within the hip joint
  • Gluteal muscles
  • Iliotibial (IT) band
  • Muscles of the pelvis and groin
  • Ligaments surrounding the hip joint

Certain anatomical changes can also predispose you to developing hip pain over time. These changes may alter the shape of your hip joint or wear away at the cartilage that protects and supports your joint.

What conditions cause hip pain?

Common causes of hip pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Perthes disease
  • Labral tear
  • Ligament sprain or tear
  • Muscle strain
  • Muscle tear
  • Iliotibial (IT) band tendinitis
  • Groin pull
  • Fractures

Hip pain can present as mild, aching discomfort, or may be more severe and can limit your range of motion or affect the stability of your hip joint. Hip injuries are most often caused by overuse or wear-and-tear over time, though trauma can cause acute pain and damage.

How is hip pain diagnosed?

In order to diagnose hip pain, the team begins by asking about your symptoms, the location of your pain, and movements that worsen or improve your pain. The team then measures your range of motion, tests your muscle strength and flexibility, and assesses the nerves surrounding your hips.

Orthopedic tests to evaluate the function of your hip joint and its muscles may also be used to identify the source of your pain. If your exam is inconclusive or you have other risk factors, the team may order X-rays or an MRI to visualize the structures of your hip and look for characteristic changes associated with arthritis, muscle tears, or fractures.

Based on their findings, the team diagnoses the cause of your hip pain and explains a treatment approach to eliminate your pain and improve the function of your hip.

How is hip pain treated?

To treat mild to moderate cases of hip pain, the team may recommend conservative management strategies, including heat or ice, rest, over-the-counter pain medications, and physical therapy.

If conservative care isn’t enough or you have a more complex case, the team may include injection therapy or prescription medications to relieve your pain. The team provides referrals to orthopedic surgeons for consultations, as needed.

Put an end to your hip pain by calling or booking a visit at New Jersey Pain Management now.