Hip Pain Treatment From Experienced Orthopedists With Offices in Freehold & Monroe Township, NJ
Many older adults experience hip pain and stiffness due to joint degeneration associated with the natural aging process (osteoarthritis). However, hip pain can have causes other than arthritis, such as tendonitis, a muscle strain, bursitis, avascular necrosis impingement, a labral tear, or a fracture. Because these conditions can require different treatment approaches, it’s important to see a physician who can get to the bottom of your hip pain and recommend an appropriate treatment strategy. When you turn to Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, you can consult with experienced hip specialists at our facility in Freehold or Monroe Township, New Jersey.
The Diagnostic Process
To determine the cause of your hip pain, a physician at AOSMI will discuss your symptoms and medical history and perform a thorough physical examination, which may include a FABER (flexion, abduction, and external rotation) test as well as imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, you and your physician can work together to develop a customized treatment plan, which may involve a combination of therapies.
Hip Pain Treatment Options
Depending on the source of your hip pain, the team at AOSMI may recommend:
- A brief period of rest and activity modifications
- Ice or heat applications
- An over-the-counter pain reliever or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
- A workout routine that includes gentle stretches, light weight-training, and low-impact exercises, such as swimming
- Intra articular injections performed in our in-house fluoroscopy suite
If you have intense hip pain that does not respond to conservative treatment, we may suggest a surgical procedure, such as a minimally invasive hip replacement to improve your comfort and enhance your mobility.
Regardless of whether you choose a conservative or surgical approach, physical therapy will likely be a key component of your hip pain treatment plan. In addition to recommending specific exercises to improve the flexibility, strength, and mobility of your hip, a physical therapist at AOSMI can utilize therapeutic massage, ultrasound therapy, and other advanced techniques to reduce painful inflammation in your hip joint. Working closely with your physician, your physical therapist can also offer advice on when you can safely and comfortably return to work, sports, and other activities.
If you’d like to explore your hip pain treatment options with a joint specialist at AOSMI, contact us to request an appointment at our office in Freehold or Monroe Township, NJ, today.