Hip pain can make everyday activities like getting up from a chair or bending over to tie your shoes seem impossible. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Shail Vyas, MD, treats all types of hip pain, including arthritis, at Orange County Orthopaedic Group in Anaheim Hills, California. If you suffer from hip pain, call today to book an appointment.

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What is hip pain?

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that connects your thigh bone to your pelvis. The head of your thigh bone (femur) and the socket of your pelvis are both lined in smooth cartilage that allows the joint to move easily. The rim of your hip socket is lined with fibrous tissue called the labrum and small jelly-like sacs called bursae that cushion the joint and reduce friction.

Damage to any one of these structures may result in hip pain. If you have pain in any part of your hip, Dr. Vyas can determine the underlying cause and initiate an effective treatment plan tailored to your needs.

What causes hip pain?

Dr. Vyas treats a wide variety of injuries and conditions that cause hip pain, including:

Arthritis of the hip

Arthritis is a group of more than 100 diseases that cause joint inflammation. You can develop arthritis in any joint, but this disease is most common in large, weight-bearing joints like the hip.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This condition occurs when the cartilage that lines the bones in your hip wears down. Over time, hip arthritis can cause your bones to grind against one another when you move the joint.

Hip labrum tear

This injury occurs when the ring of cartilage that surrounds your hip socket (labrum) gets torn. Some hip labrum tears don’t cause any signs or symptoms. Others cause hip pain, reduced range of motion, and a locking or clicking sensation in your hip.

Hip bursitis

Hip bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) in your hip become inflamed. This causes sharp, intense hip pain that may turn into a dull ache over time.

How is hip pain treated?

Dr. Vyas offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for hip pain. Depending on your specific diagnosis and the severity of your condition, treatment for hip pain may include:

  • Physical therapy 
  • Activity modification
  • Steroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine treatments such as stem cell therapy

If your condition is severe, or if you continue to experience hip pain despite conservative treatments, Dr. Vyas may recommend surgery. 

For the highest-quality care of all types of hip pain, call Orange County Orthopaedic Group to book an appointment today.