The conditions that commonly cause chronic Hip Pain are a form of arthritis – Whether it’s Arthritis, Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. These conditions lead to inflammation of the hip joint and the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions your hip bones.
In this article we will take a look at possible solutions to the root cause of Hip Pain
Solutions for Arthritis in the Hips:
With varying degrees of arthritis being the main cause of chronic hip pain, it is important to have a few options to bring pain relief. Inflammation and arthritis go hand-in-hand. It is the inflammation symptom that brings pain, so if a patient experiences inflammation as part of their arthritic symptoms, then an Intra-Articular Cortisone Injection. In short, it is a steroid injection into the joint space of the inflamed part of the body.
If a patient is experiencing chronic pain without inflammation, or perhaps an Intra-Articular injection was used without much pain relief, then Radiofrequency Ablation may be an option. During this short in-office procedure, a heated needle is used to deaden the nerve sending pain signals to the brain. As part of the steps to pain relief, a Genicular Nerve Block may be needed prior to an ablation in that nerve.
In another case, a Peripheral Nerve Block could be more suitable. A successful peripheral nerve block would be a precursor to implanting a stimulator that would block the pain signals using electrical impulses.
Other Treatments for Hip Pain:
Another highly successful treatment for osteoarthritis in the hips is a Hyaluronic Acid Injection. In this in-office treatment, the lubricant which was between the hip joints would be injected back into that area. This is a naturally occurring fluid that cushions the joints and may need to be replaced to bring pain relief.
If chronic hip pain is a result of knots in the nearby muscle tissue that cannot relax, then a Trigger Point Injection could help relax those areas. It is essentially a steroid injection used to relax the muscle aches and pains.
And finally, if chronic hip pain is a result of an injury, it may be worth looking into Platelet-rich Plasma injections. This is a very simple procedure accomplished right in our office. First, blood is removed from a healthy area in the body, then it’s processed to have a richer concentration of platelets. This is then injected into an area that requires healing. It will encourage faster healing which will speed recovery.