Hip pain can prevent you from enjoying the things you love most, and can become an overwhelming focus of your days and nights. Firas Hijazi, MD, and Satvik Munshi, MD, and the team at LA Pain Doctor, serving the communities of Metairie, LaPlace, Harvey, and New Orleans, Louisiana, can help you find lasting relief from hip pain. That process begins with a comprehensive diagnostic exam, which you can book online or over the phone today.
Your hip joints are the largest joint in your body, and play an integral role in your movement each and every day. Because of that nearly constant use, and the fact that your hip joints support the weight of your upper body, pain is not uncommon.
Hip pain can begin in the ball-and-socket joint itself, but you might also feel pain in your groin, buttocks, or even extending down into your legs. The area where you experience hip pain can help your doctor determine the cause of your discomfort.
Numerous things can lead to hip pain. Traumatic injury, like a fall or an auto accident, can damage the joint and cause pain and inflammation. Most cases of hip pain, however, are brought on by less dramatic factors.
Tendonitis is a common cause of hip pain. This condition occurs when overuse leads to inflamed tendons, and can cause significant pain.
Arthritis is another common cause. Hip pain can develop due to rheumatoid arthritis, infectious arthritis, or osteoarthritis.
A fracture can also lead to hip pain. Not all fractures lead to a complete break in the bone, and it isn’t always readily apparent when a fracture has occurred.
The first step in the diagnostic process is an in-depth discussion with your practitioner about your health history and symptoms. A physical exam follows, allowing your doctor to learn more about your hip joint function and the location and severity of your hip pain.
Imaging is often an important part of the process. Your specialist might suggest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) to gain a “view” of the components of your hip joint.
Based on the results of these efforts, your doctor will create a customized treatment plan that aligns with your overall health, lifestyle, and treatment goals. You’ll receive all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
Learn more during a personalized consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you are always welcome to call or stop by the office to set up a visit.