Hip pain can have many underlying causes, and Dr. McCandless uses the most sophisticated techniques to diagnose hip pain in his San Diego, CA area patients so it can be properly treated for optimal results. He sees patients for hip pain evaluations at his offices in El Cajon and Coronado, CA.
Hip pain is a common complaint as we age, and it can be caused by several underlying conditions. Some hip pain can be caused by spine problems like herniated discs that cause pain to radiate downward through the buttock and hip. Some hip pain can be caused by problems with muscles, ligaments or tendons in the joint. Other pain is caused by changes in the joint itself, due to trauma or diseases like arthritis or cancer. When pain involves the joint, it's usually more intense on the inside of the hip near the groin. Identifying the underlying cause of hip pain is an important part of getting the right treatment.
Sometimes, hip pain can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain or anti-inflammatory medication, with or without rest and hot and cold compresses. Physical therapy and gentle stretching may also help with some types of hip pain. Because hip pain can be an indicator of a serious underlying condition, it's important to have it evaluated to ensure the source of the pain is being properly addressed. See the doctor immediately if you have pain that comes on suddenly, causes the joint to appear deformed, have difficulty using your leg and bearing weight on it, experience swelling or intense pain, or your pain developed after a fall or other injury.
Arthritis can affect any joint, especially joints that are highly mobile and bear weight, such as the knees and hips. The condition develops when the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones that comprise the joint becomes damaged and worn. Initially, hip arthritis may be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and physical therapy, but severe arthritis may require a hip replacement to regain strength and mobility in the joint.